The US withdrawal from Afghanistan and its subsequent refusal to recognize the Taliban have limited its options to counter ISIS-K. Biden administration officials have backed an over-the-horizon targeting strategy, using surveillance systems to find terror group leaders and attack them with drones, but there’s little evidence to be made public so far that it’s working to limit ISIS-K.US forces, meanwhile, have also been targeting ISIS assets, leaders, and fighters in countries like Somalia, Iraq, and Syria. In the latter two countries, US and partner forces have carried out nearly 100 operations against the terror group since the start of 2023, according to CENTCOM fact sheets.

“The US remains committed to ensuring the lasting defeat of ISIS to preserve regional security and stability,” said Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, earlier this year.