The U.S.-led coalition continues to bombard ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are also on the onslaught in Syria. However, the terrorist group persists and endures.
On Wednesday, Russian spies discovered an ISIS plot to invade Central Asia. The report comes as the presence of the group is already felt in the Philippines, Malaysia, India and Pakistan.
Russia’s spy agency director, Alexander Bortnikov, revealed that the ISIS is on its way to invade Central Asia, The Associated Press reported. Those who are travelling to the region are Taliban fighters who have pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Bortnikov revealed the information at a meeting of special services from the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Express reported. Without directly calling out U.S., Bortnikov hinted that the ISIS has reached its peak of power because of mistakes done by America.
“The international community has now hit a new geopolitical challenge, an international criminal group in the name of the Islamic State. This project, which grew out of the ‘Arab Spring,’ has gained momentum thanks to the double standards of certain world regional powers by using ‘a terrorist battering ram’ to reach their own strategic goals in Asia and Africa,” Bortnikov said as quoted by The Express.
“The escalation in tensions in Afghanistan has brought on serious dangers. There are numerous criminal groups included in the Taliban movement on the northern borders of this country right now. Some of them have also began operating under the Islamic State flag, which has led to a sharp rise in the threat of terrorists invading Central Asia,” Bortnikov said.
By invading Central Asia, ISIS would eventually control key drug trafficking routes. The group can have access of raw opium in Afghanistan and sell them as heroin in Russia and Europe.
The barbaric terrorist group is active in the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Malaysia. Early this month, a militant group in the Philippines, which authorities believe to have ties with the ISIS, posted a video of four hostages kidnapped in the country. The hostages were identified as Canadian tourists. In the video, first reported by CNN, one of the kidnappers was holding an ISIS flag. The kidnappers, however, did not identify its affiliation.