On April 5, at a meeting of the Council of the SCO Anti-Terrorist Structure, the first deputy director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Sergei Smirnov stated that about 8,000 militants from Syria moved to northern Afghanistan.
“One of today’s decisions concerned this issue. We took note of Tajikistan’s warning of the threat coming from the territory of Afghanistan for the SCO countries which border on Afghanistan, directly or indirectly,” Smirnov said.
According to Smirnov the successful missions in Syria have led to the current situation, where militants, including ISIS ones crossed Iran and Turkey into Afghanistan to reach its northern regions.
The menace is that many citizens are from post-Soviet territory: Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, which share border with Afghanistan.
“The solution concerns the output of common measures made by qualified government authorities to minimalize this menace”, Smirnov noted. “We have to work out an effective exchange between our governments to control the communication of military persons”.
The growing number of foreign militants in Afghanistan will likely contribute to the further deterioration of the security situation in the war-torn country.