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Russia Worried by ISIL Presence in Afghanistan Near Tajik, Turkmen Borders

© AFP 2021 / Tauseef MUSTAFAKashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014
Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Russia is alarmed by the concentration of Islamic State (ISIL) militants in Afghanistan’s north, near its borders with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, as well as by their mounting influence in the country, the Russian deputy defense minister said Wednesday.

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sputnik) — "We are noting the growing influence of ISIL in Afghanistan that gained a foothold in 25 out of 34 provinces of the country. We are concerned about the concentration of militants in the northern areas near the borders with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan," Anatoly Antonov stated at the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense ministers and dialogue partners.

ISIL, a radical Sunni militant group, is considered to be one of the major threats to global security.

Over the last three years, the extremists managed to seize large swaths of land both in Iraq and Syria. The jihadists are also trying to spread their influence to North Africa, particularly Libya.

According to various estimates, the area controlled by the ISIL group reaches 90,000 square kilometers (34,700 square miles). Data on the number of ISIL followers also range from 50,000 to 200,000 fighters.

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