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Islamic State was set up by 'guys' US had kept in jail but released afterwards — Lavrov

November 19, 2015, 16:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The process went out of control of the foreign powers to have turned into a self-developing movement with vast territories being seized, the Russian Foreign Minister says
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Member of the Islamic State group, Raqqa, Syria

Member of the Islamic State group, Raqqa, Syria

© Militant website via AP, File

MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. The terrorist organization calling itself the Islamic State has been created by some "guys" the United States had kept in jail in Iraq and Afghanistan for sometime only to release them afterwards, Russian Foreign Minister said in a radio interview.

"The period when our Western colleagues and some of their friends in the region systematically evaded the political process (in Syria) involved a great number of terrorists, extremists and foreign militants, commissioned to try to overthrow the regime (of Bashar Assad)," Lavrov said. "At a certain point those who were encouraging that must have lost control of the situation and the foreign militants’ terrorist instincts gained the upper hand. They suddenly realized they had a great chance to translate into reality the idea the so-called Islamic State had harboured back in the middle of last decade. And to do that with the hands of the guys that the Americans had kept in jail in Iraq and Afghanistan to release afterwards."

"The process went out of control of the foreign powers to have turned into a self-developing movement: vast territories have been seized, including cultural and historical heritage sites. These monuments and artefacts are being put up for sale or destroyed," Lavrov said. "Also, several oil fields have been captured and crude oil is being sold on the commercial scale."

"Everybody has long been aware that this threat is a like a gene let out of the jar. There is no way of driving it back," he said.

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