FSB: the transition of a part of the Taliban to ISIS has increased the threat of their invasion in Central Asia


MOSCOW, October 28. The transition part of the Taliban under the banner of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG) has led to increased threats of terrorist penetration into Central Asia. This was stated by the Director of FSB of Russia Alexander Bortnikov at the Moscow session of the Council of heads of security bodies and special services of the States-participants of the CIS.

“Serious concern is the escalation of tensions in Afghanistan. Now on the Northern borders of this country are numerous rogue units of the IG that are part of the Taliban. Some of them have already stood under the banner of the “Islamic state”, which led to a sharp increase in the threat of attack by terrorists in Central Asia”, – said the head of the FSB.

“Incidents on the borders of our regional partners, unfortunately, take place already today”, – he stressed.

About foreign mercenaries in the IG

The number of foreign mercenaries in the ranks of the IG reaches 40%, said Alexander Bortnikov.

“According to our estimates, currently consisting of terstruktur fighting immigrants from more than 100 countries. The percentage of mercenaries is 40%,” – said Bortnikov.

“About 10 bands includes nationals of Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and the States of Central Asian region. The geography of countries “Exodus” steadily expanding”, – said the Director of the FSB of Russia.

The threat to CIS

Bortnikov noted the increasing threat to CIS in connection with the return of fighters from the hot spots.

He recognized that “security of the CIS countries threatened by the militants returning from hotspots in the middle East and the Afghanistan-Pakistan area”. “Getting practical skills of secrecy, mine-explosive war, and the conduct of hostilities in urban environments, they create a self-contained military cell, ready to commit terrorist and subversive acts. The goal of the terrorists and their curators is to destabilize the situation in the CIS”, – said Bortnikov.

He noted that Russia responded to the request of the Syrian leadership about military support, “including for the purpose of anticipation of a mass return of bandits in the country’s “Exodus”. In this regard, the head of the FSB urged “to increase the proactive sharing of intelligence information on personal data of terrorists, their plans and accomplices”.

On the brink of global conflict

According to Bortnikov, the actions of individual countries in Asia and Africa has delivered the world to the brink of global religious and civilizational conflict.

“At present, the international community has faced a new geopolitical challenge international bandit in the face of so-called “Islamic state”. This project grew out of the notorious “Arab spring” has gained momentum thanks to the dual policy of some international and regional powers are using the “terrorist attack” tried to solve their strategic problem in Asia and Africa”, – said the Director of the FSB.

As a result these States took the world to the brink of global religious and civilizational conflict, which is potentially most destructive, said Bortnikov.

The gangs of ISIS and the Taliban

“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria.

Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).

The Taliban, the radical Islamist movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Its activities are recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia by the decision of the Supreme Court of 14 February 2003 on the basis of the submission of the Prosecutor General on the basis of materials of the FSB