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ISIS Is Back: Kabul Bombing Likely to Attract Recruits, Experts Say

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Syria (ISIS) waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Iraq, June 29, 2014. (Stringer/Reuters)

Thursday’s suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan that killed 13 American troops and more than 70 civilians was likely designed to send a chilling message to terrorists and non-terrorists alike around the globe: ISIS is back, and America is vulnerable, terrorism experts told National Review on Friday.

The attack may have placed ISIS-K in the center of the U.S. crosshairs, but it also likely provided several strategic benefits to the fledgling terror group, a radical affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

It showed the world that the Islamic State of Khorasan (aka ISIS-K) is a significant player in Afghanistan, and

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.

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