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>> More than 120 insurgents killed so far this week including a scene near Islamic State commander. Afghanistan says it's turning up the heat on ISIS as it investigates the horrific suicide blasts that left 80 people dead in Kabul on Saturday. The group immediately claimed the attack which targeted Shia Muslims.
But it's Reuters' James McKenzie reports not all analysts are convinced.>> It would be the first time that Islamic State conducted an operation on scale land in Kabul. They have so far been pretty much confined to an eastern province of Afghanistan. Whether or not they had the logistic capabilities of mounting an attack like that.
That's a question that some people are a bit hesitant about accepting. It's always possible to claim responsibility for an organization that wants to raise its profile like that. On the other hand, there are those who would say that it's not a very difficult thing to do to assume a suicide bomber to a crowd of demonstrators.
>> Despite decades of war, Afghanistan has largely been spared the pain of sectarian violence. If ISIS is able to expand in the country, that could change. But for now, only one major threat faces security day to day.>> From the point of view of the government, the Islamic State doesn't pose anything like the strategic threat that the Taliban does.
The Islamic State proven it in Iraq and Syria that they grow very strongly, very unexpectedly. And all these ruling out the possibility that in future it might not do that here. But for the moment, the Taliban is a far, far bigger threat to the government.>> It may not be alpha dog on Taliban turf, but ISIS certainly wants to make its presence felt.
And whether or not it was behind Saturday's blast, its message is clear: there will be more attacks in Afghanistan.