ISIS in Afghanistan: School of Jihad | ISIS in Afghanistan | FRONTLINE | PBS

Younger girls and boys cluster round a small room in a village college in japanese Afghanistan. The trainer calls on a younger boy.

“Arise, Daud. What is that this referred to as?” he asks, handing the boy an AK-47.

“Kalashnikov,” the boy replies.

“Why can we use this?”

“To defend the religion,” Daud responds.

The college is run by fighters who pledged allegiance to ISIS — the terrorist group that declared an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria. They reside among the many locals within the village of Shaigal, take native wives and accumulate taxes. They appear to manage each side of life.

The trainer, Abdullah Gul, tells the scholars what “jihad” means: “We should implement God’s faith over all individuals,” Gul tells the kids within the beneath video. “God says do jihad till intrigue, idolatry and infidelity are completed on the planet.”

The footage  — from the upcoming FRONTLINE documentary, ISIS in Afghanistan — is among the first to point out the diploma to which ISIS has gained a foothold within the nation, introducing a brand new degree of brutality to the battle, past what has been practiced by the Taliban. Combating between ISIS, the Taliban, and authorities forces and allied militias has displaced a brand new wave of Afghan civilians, many of whom have made the treacherous journey throughout the Mediterranean Sea to hunt refuge in Europe.

Those that stay in Afghanistan face an more and more lethal battle. The primary six months of 2015 noticed the very best dying toll — 1,592 — because the United Nations started counting in 2009. The rising deadliness and complexity of the battle led President Barack Obama to announce in October that the USA would preserve 9,800 troops in Afghanistan by means of 2016.

ISIS in Afghanistan will air on PBS on Tues., Nov. 17 (examine native listings right here) and on-line on the FRONTLINE web site.


Priyanka Boghani

Priyanka Boghani, Deputy Digital Editor, FRONTLINE

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