ISIL unleashes an “asymmetrical war”

02.06.2017, Russia.

ISIL (organization banned in Russia) is trying to unleash an “asymmetrical war” in countries combating terrorists, stated the head of the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center, Police Colonel-General Andrey Novikov in his interview to journalists, according to the TASS News Agency on May 31.

“Due to increased pressure on the main strongholds of ISIL (organization banned in Russia), it shows signs of reorientation to sabotage-terrorist methods of fighting on the territories of its main activity as well as in the countries taking active part in counterterrorism operations. Even if ISIL (organization banned in Russia) loses territories, which are now under its control and abandons the idea of promoting the creation of “the Caliphate”, terrorist threats will still exist. The ISIL’s ambition to attain leading positions in the global jihadi movement leads to the creation of new terrorist threats in different regions of the Earth, and to a desire to unleash an “asymmetrical war” directly in countries combating terrorism”, says Novikov.

Novikov believes that the problem was revealed by the anti-terrorist operation in Syria. This strategy of ISIL can lead to the deterioration of the operational situation in some Central Asian countries. In this case, to counter terrorist attacks in due order, we shall “discuss…CIS joint military and police operations.”

“Legal framework for joint multi-state military and police operations has not been developed. But the decisions can be elaborated right now, including during joint anti-terrorism drills. Taking into account the report from the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center, a decision was made to develop such a scenario of joint anti-terrorist exercises, which was supported by all our partners,” the head of the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center added.

The CIS Anti-Terrorism Center was established on June 21, 2000. The Center coordinates CIS countries’ cooperation in combating terrorist threats and other extremist manifestations.

On May 31, the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center started the final stage of the first joint anti-terrorism drills “Dushanbe – Anti-terror – 2017” involving military forces of different countries. Russian units of the Central Military District, air units together with the border-security forces of the State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan are taking part in the event.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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