Russian envoy to UN: Islamists are expanding their presence in Afghanistan

26.09.2017, USA.

The intention of terrorist groups to take hold of the northern provinces of Afghanistan poses an overriding concern, said Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations at the Security Council’s meeting, RIA Novosti news agency reported on September 25.

Vassily Nebenzia stressed that there are currently some 7000 ISIL (organization banned in Russia) militants in Afghanistan trying to strengthen their positions in the northern part of the country. The Russian politician emphasized that these developments pose a threat to the southern borders of the Russian Federation and Russia’s neighbouring countries. The diplomat expressed the view that the situation with the delivery of aid to the militants by the “unidentified helicopters” should be carefully considered and the “behind-the-scenes activity” and flirting with the militants stopped.

Following the defeat of ISIL (organization banned in Russia) in Syria, the militants of this organization have lost control of most of the oil-producing areas in the region. Experts believe that terrorist forces regrouping into northern Afghanistan, in particular, is aimed at expanding drug production in the region, while narcodollars will amount to 35-40 percent of the militants’ income.

Recently, the spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, informed that more than 50 armed extremists had been transferred to the eastern province of Afghanistan by unidentified helicopters to reinforce ISIL (organization banned in Russia), which launched the offensive against Tora Bora. The same helicopters delivered a container with ammunition.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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