THE world is facing a new wave of terror as Afghanistan descends into a jihadi hellhole and ISIS vows to create a new caliphate in Africa.
It comes as the United Nations is warning that ISIS is on the march in Africa as is seeks to build a caliphate in the continent.
US and UK troops recently finally left Afghanistan, 20 years after they first arrived to drive out al-Qaeda and hunt for Osama Bin-Laden in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.
The Taliban are now preparing for an all-out assault to capture Kandahar as the militants tighten their terrifying grip on the country.
Former army officer Colonel Richard Kemp told The Sun Online said the Taliban will attempt to capture major cities.
“There is a high probability that they will conduct a major offensive to try and break down the gates – and there’s a good chance they will succeed,” he said.
“The outlook for Afghanistan is bleak and there are severe implications for the West too.
The outlook for Afghanistan is bleak and there are severe implications for the West too
Colonel Richard Kemp
“It will be portrayed as a defeat of the US and embolden jihadists, leading the more attacks on the West. It will become a safe haven for terrorists.
“Jihadis will go there to train and prepare to be terrorists. This is what happened before 9/11 and it’s quite likely there will be more attacks on the West.”
Meanwhile, a report to the UN Security Council is warning that both ISIS and al-Qaeda are growing in strength.
“This is especially true in parts of West and East Africa, where affiliates of both groups can boast gains in supporters and territory under threat, as well as growing capabilities in fundraising and weapons, for example, in the use of drones,” said the report.
In April, dozens of innocent people, including foreign oil workers, were ruthlessly killed when ISIS terrorists went on the rampage in the key industrial town of Palma, in Mozambique.
The UN says that in the country “the absence of significant counter-terrorist measures” have transformed the ISIS affiliate in central Africa into a “major threat.”
Africa is now “the region most affected by terrorism” and has the “largest numbers of casualties”.
Leading terror expert Raffaello Pantucci recently said: “We might be done with jihadis, but they are not done with us.”