Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday met with Tajik counterpart Sherali Mirzo and said Islamic State presence in Afghanistan consists of yet another threat.
Zamir Kabulov, a Foreign Ministry department head, told the Interfax news agency that “the Taliban interest objectively coincides with ours” in the fight against ISIL.
Russian is helping to strengthen the U.S.-trained Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which includes army, police, and militia units, indicated Kabulov in October.
Earlier media reports said that Afghanistan had turned to Russian Federation with a request for arms supply.
Russian Federation has been launching strikes against Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria at the request of the war-torn country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, thus providing support to the government troops.
The fundamentalist Islamic movement is regularly flagged by officials as a threat, particularly since Taliban-controlled areas in Afghanistan border ex-Soviet Tajikistan, Moscow’s impoverished central Asian ally.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), the chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare who recently visited Afghanistan, echoed both Campbell and the Pentagon report, warning that ISIS in Afghanistan is growing.
While the presence of ISIS groups in Afghanistan is so far fairly limited compared to groups like the Taliban, the United Nations Security Council has warned that the group can not be underestimated.