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Post-Soviet security bloc points to growing IS activities in Afghanistan

October 24, 15:17 UTC+3

Instability has a tendency to spread from the country’s southern regions to the north, the CSTO spokesman said

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MOSCOW, October 24. /TASS/. The working group on Afghanistan set up under the Foreign Ministers’ Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has come to the conclusion that the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) and other terrorist groups are stepping up their activities in Afghanistan, CSTO Spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov said on Tuesday.

"On October 24, Moscow hosted a meeting of the working group on Afghanistan established under the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council," he said. "The parties discussed issues related to the military, political and humanitarian situation in the country, as well as security threats that the CSTO member states might face. The group has come to the conclusion that the ISIL [the former name of the IS - TASS] and other terror groups are stepping up their activities in Afghanistan," he pointed out adding that instability had a tendency to spread from the country’s southern regions to the north. According to Zainetdinov, there was a growing threat that extremism and terrorism will be exported to the CSTO’s area of responsibility.

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