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    The spread of terrorism was the chief motive for Russia's involvement in the counter-terrorist operation in Syria, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turmoil in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa has increased the threat of terrorism globally, posing danger to Russia, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov said Monday.

    "The destabilized situation in the Middle East, across African states and in Afghanistan has created the threat of the spread of terrorist activity to different regions of the world, including Russia," Gerasimov said at a meeting with Russia's military diplomats.

    Unifying global efforts to counter common threats and challenges is imperative in light of such conditions, the army general said.

    Gerasimov added that the spread of terrorism was the chief motive for Russia's involvement in the counter-terrorist operation in Syria.

    Russia has been conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS, or Daesh in Arabic) terrorist group in Syria since September 30. Speaking at the at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the international community to create a broad international coalition to tackle terrorism.

    He repeated his call for a united antiterrorist front, which would act in accordance with international law and under the auspices of the UN, in his December 3 state of the nation address.

    Daesh is banned in many countries, including Russia.


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