ISIS shifting base to Afghanistan, poses threat to South Asian countries : Iran Minister

Days after ISIS chief-terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during the raid conducted by the US military in northwest Syria, Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in an interview to India Today that the terror organisation is shifting its base to Afghanistan.

He said that the recent attacks which were carried out in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan border were done by ISIS while operating out of Afghanistan. The deadly gun battle left at over a dozen people dead.

Zarif said that his government is in regular touch with the Indian agencies reprising about the updates of ISIS. ISIS shifting base to Afghanistan also poses a threat to other South Asian countries like Pakistan, Russia and China. “This (fight against terrorism) is an issue that can unite all of us,” Zarif said, asserting all these countries need to unite to fight the threat emanating from the terror group.

He added that ISIS’ revival and its move of base from Syria to Afghanistan is a matter of great concern for all. Zarif added that not just his country but entire region will face the threat with this.

Indian youth have also been vulnerable as hundreds have joined the terror organisation. As reported by India Today, Indian agencies believe that key areas in Afghanistan were on the radar after 21 youth from Kerala went missing in 2016 and later joined IS. However, despite Iran’s anti-Islamic State stand, IS operatives in India have been using the country to escape to neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had uncovered a modus operandi where it found that over two dozen IS operatives, mostly from Kerala, used Iran as a route to hoodwink Indian agencies. Between 2016 and 2018, several IS operatives have tried to dodge the Indian authorities in a similar fashion.

Source : OpIndia

Related Tags

FanaticsInternationalisis

Notice : The source URLs cited in the news/article might be only valid on the date the news/article was published. Most of them may become invalid from a day to a few months later. When a URL fails to work, you may go to the top level of the sources website and search for the news/article.

Disclaimer : The news/article published are collected from various sources and responsibility of news/article lies solely on the source itself. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) or its website is not in anyway connected nor it is responsible for the news/article content presented here. ​Opinions expressed in this article are the authors personal opinions. Information, facts or opinions shared by the Author do not reflect the views of HJS and HJS is not responsible or liable for the same. The Author is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article. ​