Intelligence gaps may help Islamic State gain foothold in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Saturday’s massive suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan claimed by Islamic State militants highlights shortcomings in intelligence gathering by coalition forces that complicate their ability to gauge the group’s strength in the country. A self-styled Islamic State spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred when a motorcyclist detonated his explosives in a crowd of government workers collecting their pay at a bank in Jalalabad, killing 35 people and wounding more than 100. The Taliban condemned the attack, which President Ashraf Ghani blamed on the Islamic State. For months, Afghan political and military officials have warned that the Islamic State… – Photown News