The number of the Afghan branch of the Islamic State * has increased to 6.5 thousand militants, more than half of which are concentrated near the border with Tajikistan. This was stated by the head of the CSTO Joint Staff, Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov.
“At present, the number of the Afghan branch of the Islamic State, this is Wilayat Khorasan**, has increased significantly and amounts to about 6.5 thousand militants,” — quotes his words TASS.
Sidorov noted that about four thousand militants are concentrated in the southern borders of Tajikistan, in the provinces of Badakhshan, Kunduz and Takhar.
* A terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation.
** Activity is prohibited in the Russian Federation.