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Putin warns that Islamic State terrorists are gathering in Afghanistan and could destabilize neighboring countries

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, warned this Wednesday that after the arrival to power of the Taliban * in Afghanistan, several terrorist groups linked to the Islamic State are grouped in this South Asian country, which could destabilize the situation in neighboring nations.

“After the definitive withdrawal of US troops, power has passed into the hands of the Taliban, who are establishing their own order. However, several international terrorist groups of the Islamic State continue to operate in the country,” the president said during a meeting virtual meeting with the heads of the special services of the member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

“With the active recruitment of militias with combat experience in Iraq and Syria, terrorists may try to destabilize neighboring states as well, “he stressed.

The Kremlin tenant stressed that in this eventual scenario, the members of the CIS would have to act through joint special operations, as well as coordinating the activities of the security forces.

  • In February 2020, the US and the Taliban reached an agreement that stipulated the definitive withdrawal of troops from Washington and NATO in exchange for the radical group entering into dialogue with the government at that time and severing their ties. with Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

  • In the context of the withdrawal of Western troops, the Taliban took control of the country. On September 7, they announced the composition of the new interim government headed by Prime Minister Mohammad Hasan Akhund, considered a terrorist by the UN, the EU and the United Kingdom.

* The Taliban movement, designated as a “terrorist organization” by the UN Security Council, is declared a terrorist group and prohibited in Russia.

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