Al-Qaeda has included Russia's volatile North Caucasus region in its plans to create an Islamic caliphate, or united Muslim state, the secretary of the Russian Security Council said on Tuesday.
"Al-Qaeda's main goal is to establish an Islamic caliphate spanning Central Asia, North and Central Africa and the North Caucasus," Nikolai Patrushev told a meeting of Security Councils from 44 countries.
"Appeals to Muslim residents in these regions to overthrow their governments are getting more and more common," Patrushev said.
International terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda, have grown into global movements that unite people with shared ideology throughout the world, Patrushev said.
Terrorist attacks are common in the largely-Muslim North Caucasus, where Russia has been fighting militants since early 1990s, including two brutal wars in Chechnya.
According to UN, 11,000 terrorist acts were registered in 2009, killing 15,000 people and leaving over 32,000 injured and more than 10,500 seized hostages.
SOCHI, October 5 (RIA Novosti)