KRASNODAR (Russia) (Sputnik) — Militants of the Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in Russia, are using their foothold in Afghanistan for making their way into Russia, China, Iran, India and other countries in Central Asia, Bortnikov said Wednesday.
"The bandits are most actively moving [from Syria and Iraq] to the territory of Afghanistan, where Daesh positions have already been established, from where they receive the opportunity to infiltrate into Central Asia, Iran, China, and India. Using the Afghan foothold, the terrorists are also attempting to carry out attacks against Russia," Bortnikov said at a meeting of Russia's special services chiefs in the city of Krasnodar.
The FSB chief added that international terror organizations are also setting up strongholds in Yemen, Central Africa, and South East Asia. Bortnikov also said that terror groups managed to establish close ties with ethnic criminal groups in both Europe and Russia.
According to Bortnikov, international terrorist groups have given up the idea of establishing a caliphate in Syria and Iraq in the face of a total defeat and set the new goal of creating a global terror network.
"Having been virtually defeated in establishing a caliphate on the territory of Syria and Iraq, the leaders of Daesh and international terror organizations that joined it set a new global goal of creating a worldwide terror network," the security official said.
Afghanistan has long been suffering from unstable political, social and security situation due to the activity of terrorists, including those of Daesh and the Taliban organizations. The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, supported by the US-led coalition, are currently conducting joint offensive operations to combat terrorism across the country.