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ISIL militants move from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan, threatening CSTO

«Today, a flow of ISIL militants not killed in Syria and Iraq has rushed to Afghanistan, who over time can turn this country into a base area for expansion into the territory of CSTO," Valery Semerikov, Acting Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, said at the International Conference on Security in Moscow. Interfax reported.

According to him, the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated. «The ongoing confrontation between various religious groups, the Taliban’s actions, and growing drug trafficking have become only a part of the threats coming from the territory of this neighboring to CSTO country," Valery Semerikov said.

At the conference the day before, the chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy, reported that about 4,500 citizens of Russia and other CIS countries were in the ranks of ISIL and other terrorist groups in Syria by early 2015.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization consists of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Tajikistan and Armenia.