Freed Afghan prisoners strengthening IS, Al-Qaeda: Report

 Moscow, Oct 14 (UNI/Sputnik) Freed Afghan prisoners have strengthened the Islamic State (IS, ISIS) and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups, Collective Security Treaty Organization Joint Staff Chief Anatoly Sidorov said on Thursday.

"Currently, they are being strengthened due to the release of ISIS supporters from Afghan prisons and the recruitment of militants who are in opposition to the Taliban movement," Sidorov told reporters.

More than 3 million Afghans have fled their country since the Taliban took over the country, Sidorov said.

"More than three million Afghans fled to Iran and Pakistan alone," the CSTO official said.

The CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia that consists of selected post-Soviet states. The treaty had its origin in the Soviet Armed Forces, which was gradually replaced by the United Armed Forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States.



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