20:31 GMT25 September 2020
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    Daesh maintains greater interest in Central Asia than in Afghanistan, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Daesh terrorist group maintains greater interest in Central Asia than in Afghanistan, but it has little capabilities to reach the region at the moment, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said.

    "Daesh comes to Afghanistan and says it is not actually interested in Afghanistan. Their interests lie across the river in Central Asia. Why? Because according to some estimates, up to 50-60 percent of IS militants are citizens of Central Asia, North Caucasus and, accordingly, they want to move forward. But presently they do not have enough potential to do so," Syromolotov told RIA Novosti.

    The diplomat observed that some areas in Afghanistan see the Daesh fight for resources with the entrenched Taliban insurgency in the country that was until recently used as a recruitment base for the terrorist group banned in countries including Russia.


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