Kabulov: arround 10000 ISIS militants are present in Afghanistan
Pasbanan- Zamir Kabulov a high ranking Russian official has warned that around 10000 estimate ISIS fighters are Present in Afghanistan, and their numbers are increasing currently.
The special envoy of Russia’s president for Afghanistan, has warned that Moscow is particularly worried about Daesh expanding foothold in northern provinces of Afghanistan bordering Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. He has raised this issue in an interview with Sputnik news agency yesterday.
He said: “Russia was among the first to be sounding the alarms in connection with the emergence of Daesh in Afghanistan, Daesh has significantly increased its power in the country recently. According to our estimates, the numbers of militants exceeds 10000 and continues to grow, particularly due to new militants arriving from Syria and Iraq,”
The Russian official stressed that the situation in the northern Afghan provinces of Jowzjan and Sar-e Pol were of particular concern and that citizens of Algeria and France had been spotted among the terrorists there.
“Daesh has a clear aim of spreading influence beyond Afghanistan, which they consider to be their stronghold. This poses a serious security threat, especially for the Central Asian countries and the southern regions of Russia,”
Kabulov said: who is also the director of the Second Asian Department in the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that the terrorist group had “foreign sponsorship” and was receiving “Western” arms in Afghanistan.
“We have repeatedly drawn attention to the cases of the use of helicopters without identifying insignia in various regions of Afghanistan to transfer Daesh militants and deliver Western [military] equipment provided for the terrorist group,” Kabulov said.
The official said Moscow had repeatedly raised the issue of the unidentified helicopters with the United Nations and NATO but was yet to receive a “reasonable” response from them.