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Islamic State may try to spread influence into post-Soviet space — CIS Anti-Terror Center

May 26, 2015, 21:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The CIS Anti-Terror Center is concerned with growing recruitment activities of the Islamic State
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MOSCOW, May 26 /TASS/. The Islamic State terrorist group may try to expand its influence to CIS borders, General Andrey Novikov, the head of the CIS Anti-Terror Center, said on Tuesday.

In his speech at a meeting of the Council of Security Bodies of the CIS member states in Dushanbe, Novikov said it was probable that Islamic State would try to expand its influence to the post-Soviet space, the Anti-Terror Center’s press service told TASS.

"According to security service analysts, the regrouping of international terrorist forces closer to CIS external borders is conjugated with simultaneous attempts by IS-led terrorist organizations to organize armed actions in countries bordering on the CIS states, and that may deteriorate the operational situation in the Commonwealth states," General Novikov stressed.

"We are particularly concerned with growing recruitment activities of the Islamic State and redeployment of militants from international terrorist organizations from the Central Asian region to the area of armed conflict in the Middle East," Novikov stressed.

The Dushanbe meeting considered a package of measures proposed by the CIS Anti-Terror Center that are designed to counteract potential terrorist threats to the CIS states coming from Islamic State and prevent the spread of IS terrorist operations to the territories of the CIS space.

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