The growth of the Islamic State in Afghanistan had a surprising beginning and then the size of the group quickly diminished. ISIS had a lot of opponents – including the United States (SOF, air attacks, and drones), the Afghan security forces, and . . . the Taliban. ISIS started up armed groups in Farah province, Zabul province, and Nangarhar province. It was only successful in Nangarhar and even there it has seen its territorial control significantly diminished.
Currently, ISIS is probably about 1,000 strong with forces in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces (eastern Afghanistan). At the start of 2016 ISIS controlled – across the country – about 11 districts (398 in the country) but now are active in only three.
Read more in “Resolute Support Warns of Intensified War Next Year”, Tolo News, December 30, 2016.