Islamic State Khurasan Mocks US Hysteria Over Chinese Balloon, Threatens 9/11 Scale Attack
Though the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) remains somewhat limited in its operational capacity, the group has emerged as a prominent international media force. With the fall of the caliphate in Iraq and Syria, IS’s central media has scaled back its multilingual propaganda output and narrowed the scope of its messaging to mostly focus on general religious issues and the operations of its most active networks in Africa and Asia.
This has created an opportunity gap that ISKP has stepped into and is increasingly filling. Particularly since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the Af-Pak outfit and its Al-Azaim Foundation for Media Production has expanded their propaganda apparatus to produce content in more languages than any branch since the height of the caliphate. ISKP’s media strategy continues to focus on local issues, however, it has simultaneously pursued an aggressive regional and international outreach strategy.