Russia Concerned About Afghan Wing of Daesh – Russian Foreign Ministry
Russia is concerned about emergence of a Daesh wing in Afghanistan, which may result in a wave of migration from Central Asia to Russia, Zamir Kabulov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's director of the Second Asian Department said Friday.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – He noted that there are 5 million migrants from Central Asia in Russia and if the situation in the region is destabilized by Daesh terrorists, their families may also flee to Russia.
"A new formation – the IS [Daesh] Afghan wing – poses a great threat to us. That is dangerous for us because they are really global jihadists, that is the same as al-Qaeda was at the beginning of its way in Afghanistan and they customized to Central Asia with all consequences for us," Kabulov told Russian journalists in Brussels.
He also said that western countries did not pay enough attention to the rise of Daesh in Afghanistan.
"Just six months ago US generals commanding in Afghanistan said that was not significant, did not deserve attention. And now they say that the problem needs serious approach," Kabulov said, adding that the number of Daesh terrorists in Afghanistan reached almost 2,500.
He noted that the international forces were supporting the Afghan army against Daesh but at the same time they were also bombing civilians, which increased the number of Daesh followers.
Afghanistan is in a state of political and social turmoil, with government forces fighting the continuing Taliban insurgency, while other extremist groups, such as Daesh group, outlawed in many countries including the United States and Russia, have also expanded their activities both in the country and in neighboring states.
The US-led NATO combat force withdrew from Afghanistan in December 2014, 13 years after the invasion. However, more than 10,000 US military personnel remain in the country as part of the Resolute Support mission.
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