IS bases being set up in northern Afghanistan, concern by Russian Foreign Minister

Moscow: – While the US and NATO militaries are nearing the completion of military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Russia has expressed concerns over the situation in Afghanistan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed worries that the IS terrorists have started building their bases in northern Afghanistan. Afghanistan shares its northern border with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, a part of erstwhile Soviet Russia. The concerns expressed by the Russian Foreign Minister is apparently against this background.


The United Nations had warned around a month ago that the strength of the IS also would increase in Afghanistan, along with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. It has also been exposed that IS has been behind specific attacks in the capital Kabul. It has also been reported that the IS terrorists are increasing their movements in northern Afghanistan while carrying out attacks on Afghanistan’s eastern, western and southern parts.   

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed concerns over the dangerous movements of the IS terrorists. The Russian Foreign Minister accused that the irresponsible stand of the Afghan officials is accountable for the increasing IS activities in Afghanistan.   

Meanwhile, it is reported that Russian National Security Advisor (NSA), Nikolai Patrushev held discussions with Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib on Friday. Last week, the Russian NSA had detailed discussions regarding the Afghan issue, with the Indian NSA Ajit Doval, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting held at Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.   

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