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ISIS is in Afghanistan: UN Envoy

The UN envoy to Afghanistan quotes reports that say the IS Group has established a strong foothold in the country.

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ISIS is in Afghanistan: UN Envoy
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The top UN envoy in Afghanistan says recent reports indicate the Islamic State has established a foothold in Afghanistan, a view echoed by Russia, which urged the Security Council to stop the extremists’ expansion.

Nicholas Haysom told the council yesterday the UN mission’s assessment is that the Islamic State hasn’t stuck “firm roots” in Afghanistan, but it has the potential “to offer an alternative flagpole to which otherwise isolated insurgent splinter groups can rally.”

Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said Moscow is worried about the rise of the terrorist threat in Afghanistan, especially in the formerly quiet north bordering countries that are its friends and allies.

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Topics:  Afghanistan   Russia   Islamic State Group 

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