Russia denounces ambiguity of US, allies on ISIL

MOSCOW, Oct. 29 (MNA) – ISIL gained strength owing to the ambiguous policy of "certain global and regional powers," said on Wed. the head of the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB, in Russian), Alexander Bortnikov.

Without mentioning the United States and its allies from Europe and the region, but in direct allusion to them, Bortnikov denounced that the ISIL was conceived with the so-called Arab Spring, using which Washington and its followers tried to achieve their own goals.

The head of the FSB stressed at the opening of the 39th meeting of the Council of Heads of Security and Intelligence Agencies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), that these countries brought the world to the brink of a global conflict of possible disastrous consequences.

Those behind the ISIL intend to impose their strategic ambitions in Asia and Africa, he said during his address, broadcasted by the Russian channel 24.

On the operational situation in those geographic areas, Bortnikov said that the ISIL and the forces supporting it changed radically the political and religious map in the Middle East and North Africa with the use of new propaganda technologies.

As a result, he said, they sow distrust among broad sections of the Muslim population, the mistrust in state institutions, and have undermined the traditional values of Islam.

He said that not only the ISIL and the Al-Nusra Front (a barnch of Al Qaeda), but also other groups managed to induct many young people with the spread of extremist ideology, and those terrorists even created a large network of training camps in Syria, Iraq and other neighboring nations.

The FSB chief reminded that the leaders of the terrorist groups operating in Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia swore allegiance to the ISIL.

On the composition of the personnel of the extremist army, the head of Russia's security said that citizens from more than 100 countries are fighting in its ranks, 40 percent of whom are mercenaries.

Referring to the national composition of several of the violent subgroups of the ISIL, he emphasized that a dozen of those formations are integrated by citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asian states.

He recommended strengthening the borders of the nations of the post-Soviet space, especially those located in Central Asia, which he called an "unfinished business needing a prompt response".

The threat to this area is increased by the possible arrival of terrorists amid the escalating tensions in Afghanistan, as per the source. Numerous armed groups within the Taliban are concentrating in northern Afghanistan, and some of them also swore allegiance to the ISIL, which significantly increases the threat of its possible arrival on the territory of Central Asia, concluded the head of the FSB of Russia.




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