Militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan pledge allegiance to ISIS

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October 22, 2015

Vzglyad

Translated by Kristina Rus

A number of leaders of fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan made an oath to the “Islamic state”, said the official representative of the Russian foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova.

“It is not so much about the living inflow of terrorists, of militants to Afghanistan and Pakistan, but that some field commanders of terrorist groups who are fighting in the so-called AfPak zone express their support for the “Islamic state” or even already swore allegiance to its leader, as you know, his name is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi”, – she said at a press briefing on Thursday, reports RIA “Novosti”.

According to Zakharova, “in March 2015 the leader of the terrorist Islamic movement of Uzbekistan, Usman Ghazi took the oath to Abu Bakr, as well as, according to reports, the militants of the “Hizb ut-Tahrir”.

“The same processes happen in Pakistan. There is evidence that more than a thousand militants of the Taliban and radical group “Lashkar-and-Taiba” and the “Jhangvi” act now in the interests of the “Islamic state”. This is done, we believe, in order to join a finer or more fashionable brand of extremism. But the worst thing, in this environment, terrorist groups may try to transform their confrontation into a contest in cruelty and violence,” – said Zakharova.

Earlier, some terrorists in the North Caucasus swore allegiance to ISIS.

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