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    Up to 3,000 Islamic State militants are currently operating in Afghanistan, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) said in a statement on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The CSTO Secretariat held a meeting on Wednesday at the level of deputy security secretaries with participation of the Iranian Ambassador in Russia and a representative from the Chinese embassy in Moscow.

    "The participants noted the presence of some 2,000-3,000 Islamic State militants in Afghanistan…and expressed concern over possible deterioration of the security situation on the border between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan," the statement said.


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