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    Deadly Serious: Number of Daesh Militants Rapidly Rising in Afghanistan

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    The number of Daesh jihadist militants, whose activities are prohibited in numerous countries including Russia and the United States, has reached 10,000 in Afghanistan and has become a serious threat, Collective Security Treaty Organization Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Afghanistan is experiencing political, social and security instability, as the Taliban movement and other radical extremist organizations such as Daesh, which is prohibited in many countries, including the United States and Russia, continue to stage attacks against civilian and state targets.

    “According to some figures today, there are around 10,000 [Daesh militants], though one year ago there were only a few hundred. Most are coming naturally from being squeezed out of Syria and Iraq into Afghanistan. This is a serious threat to us,” Bordyuzha told journalists.

    Daesh is quietly expanding in Afghanistan, gathering strength and waiting for the right moment to take action, the head of the Russian Foreng Ministry[d Department for Asian countries earlier stated.

    The United States, on the other hand, believes that the group's presence in Afghanistan has significantly decreased due to the US and Afghan forces' "constant pressure" on the terrorists.


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