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Fears of Islamic State grow in Pakistan, Afghanistan

By Agence France-Presse in Islamabad ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-11-03 07:39:57

The Islamic State group is starting to attract the attention of radicals in Pakistan and Afghanistan, long a cradle for Islamist militancy, unnerving authorities who fear a potential violent contagion.

Far from the militants' self-proclaimed "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, the name of IS has cropped up several times in jihadi circles in recent weeks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the historic homeland of the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Leaflets calling for support for IS were seen in parts of northwest Pakistan, and at least five Pakistani Taliban commanders and three lesser figures from the Afghan Taliban have pledged their support.

Fears of Islamic State grow in Pakistan, Afghanistan

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