The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell has said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is recruiting militants from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
According to media reports, Gen. Campbell said “We are seeing reports of some recruiting. There have been some night letter drops and there have been reports of people trying to recruit both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, quite frankly.”
As said by Gen. Campbell, the leaders are concerned about any potential for the ISIS group to spread, although the group has ‘hard message to sell’ in Pakistan and Afghanistan. “The Taliban have their allegiance to (Taliban commander) Mullah Omar and a different philosophy and ideology than ISIS, but, potentially, there are people who are disgruntled with the Taliban, they haven’t seen Mullah Omar in years, or they want to go a different way,” Gen. Campbell said. “So there are people vulnerable to the Daesh message, and so we’re looking at it very hard,” he added.