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WHAT'S NEXT?: Huge growth is expected over the next several decades as the world's Muslim population grows faster than every other major religious demographic, and as urbanization and rising incomes in developing countries with large Muslim populations mean more will be buying, rather than producing their own food.

  • [New] The US should not allow the fear of derailing, or of being blamed for derailing, the nuclear talks to prevent it from taking the measures necessary to protect its forces in the region continuing the fight against the Islamic State and working with its allies. Critical Threats
  • [New] Security fears are still ever-present - some fear for their lives under Taliban rule, some fear bombings by the Islamic State. BBC News
  • [New] Digitalization of Islamic financial services offers tremendous opportunities in achieving a more inclusive financial system for Islamic countries, where a significantly large number of adult population is unbanked than rest of the world.
  • [New] Since the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan, the rise of ISIS-K (the Islamic State in Afghanistan), is causing problems that could quickly threaten America unless the Taliban is able to squash ISIS. The Western Journal
  • President Joseph Biden has vowed to stay vigilant against threats from Afghanistan through intelligence-gathering operations to identify threats from groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. MercoPress
  • While the United States should continue to monitor the actions of ISIS-K in Afghanistan and Pakistan for potential security concerns, the threat it poses to the American homeland should not be exaggerated just because it bears the Islamic State's name. The American Conservative
  • The United States and European powers have urged Iran to return to negotiations, warning that time is running out as the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment program is advancing well beyond the limits set by the nuclear pact. LBCI Lebanon
  • China appreciates the Afghan Taliban's understanding of and emphasis on China's major security concerns and believes that the Afghan Taliban will take more resolute and practical measures to crack down on the international terrorist force of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People's Republic of China
  • Russia has given warning that Islamic State and al-Qaeda could exploit the instability of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan to regroup and it called for international aid efforts to stave off a humanitarian crisis. The Times
  • Digitalisation of Islamic financial services offers tremendous opportunities in achieving a more inclusive financial system for Islamic countries, where a significantly large number of adult population was unbanked than the rest of the world. The News International
  • The role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Iraqi politics, both on the state level as well as through support of non-state forces has increased threat perceptions across the Sunni Gulf. Cambridge Core
  • Groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have expanded their reach in the Sahel region in recent years, recruiting youths who see few other opportunities where state institutions are weak. Reuters
  • The Islamic State emerged from al-Qaeda, and the taxonomy of Islamist terrorists is not so rigid that alliances of convenience or even firm partnerships will not emerge against the common enemy, namely the United States. The Washington Post
  • Of particular concern to Beijing is the threat from terrorist groups such as the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), which has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks since the U.S. withdrawal in August. United States Institute of Peace
  • The reemergence of virtual entrepreneurs in Afghanistan could, like their predecessors in Raqqa nearly a decade ago, leave a dramatic impact on the number of Islamic State-related attack plots in the United States even if cases of attempted travel remain low. Lawfare
  • Hatred based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and ethnicity sadly remains a potent and growing threat in the United States and elsewhere. CNN
  • The Islamic State in Khorasan Province and al Qaeda could be able to launch attacks on the West in anywhere from six months to two years. Politico
  • Just a few months after the Taliban took charge in Kabul and promised to restore peace in Afghanistan, many Afghans still fear an invisible enemy: the Islamic State. The Times Of India
  • Recognizing the potential threat along its shared border with Afghanistan, Pakistan is feeding some intelligence to the Taliban about the Islamic State. The New York Times
  • U.S. intelligence estimated that the Islamic State-Khorasan, the Afghanistan faction of the terrorist group, could build the capacity to plan and conduct international operations within six months if unchecked. The Washington Post

Last updated: 29 November 2021