Forces of the Islamic State (an organization banned in Russia) defeated in Syria and Iraq are planning to return to the Sahara Desert and Sahel Belt, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said on December 12, Algerie Presse Service reports.
“The Islamic State (an organization banned in Russia – Rossa Primavera) calls on its forces to move to Libya and the African territories of the Sahel and the Sahara. The reports at hand have information on the relocation of foreign militants.” Messahel said.
“Terrorist groups are being realigned and reorganized, and are accumulating resources; they are going to mobilize new supporters, trained both ideologically and militarily, to obtain better opportunities to conduct their activities using Internet and social networks,” the Foreign Minister said.
On Sunday, Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU), said that up to 6,000 African militants might return to the Maghreb countries after the defeat of the Islamists in Syria and Iraq.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency