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Tajik President: “We need to create a security belt around Afghanistan”

Written by The Frontier Post

DUSHANBE (TASS): Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said that there are over 6 thousand militants near the southern borders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) countries – in the north-east of Afghanistan.
“In general, according to the intelligence services of Tajikistan, the number of camps and training centers for terrorists bordering the southern borders of the CSTO in the north-eastern provinces of Afghanistan totals over 40, and their numerical strength reaches more than 6 thousand militants,” the president said at an extraordinary the summit of the organization on the situation in Kazakhstan, which took place on Monday online.
According to Rahmon, the situation on the Tajik-Afghan border is getting more complicated every day, fighting between the Taliban themselves (the Taliban movement is prohibited in the Russian Federation) are going right along the border – more than 11 Taliban were killed and more than 18 were injured in just one section over the past week. … “Therefore, we need to create a security belt around Afghanistan,” Rahmon suggested.
He stressed that the increased activity of international terrorist groups in Afghanistan directly affects the CSTO collective security zone. “You and I know very well that since the second half of August 2021, thousands of members of ISIS (ISIS terrorist group, banned in Russia), Al-Qaeda (banned in Russia), Ansarullah, Hizb ut-Tahrir have been released from prisons in Afghanistan, ( banned in the Russian Federation) and other terrorist groups, which led to the intensification of their activities, strengthening their combat and subversive potential, “the head of Tajikistan clarified, adding that IS militants are strengthening their positions in Afghanistan.
According to Rakhmon, the events taking place in Kazakhstan confirm the need to strengthen the joint fight against terrorism.
“The tragic events in Kazakhstan reaffirm the need to strengthen our joint comprehensive work to counter terrorism and extremism, religious radicalism and transnational organized crime, including drug trafficking,” the head of Tajikistan said.
He stressed that over the past 30 years in Tajikistan, the fight against the destructive activities of terrorists, extremists, Islamic radicals and various criminals has not stopped. “And we know very well what a threat these forces pose to our security,” Rahmon said.
Rakhmon recalled that within the framework of the CSTO, he repeatedly drew attention to the presence of “sleeping” cells in the countries of the organization.
“At our meetings within the CSTO, CIS and SCO, I have repeatedly drawn your attention to the presence in our countries of sleeping cells of international terrorism, extremism and religious radicalism,” the Tajik leader said on Monday during the extraordinary CSTO summit on the situation in Kazakhstan, which was held online.
Rahmon added that the propaganda efforts of these cells among the citizens of the organization’s member countries did not stop for a single day.
In his opinion, the countries of the organization should take seriously the fact that individual citizens, observing the strengthening of the positions of terrorists in Afghanistan and enlisting their support, “can take the most extreme measures.” “In the context of events in Kazakhstan, cases of confirmation of the participation of our citizens in these unrest, I consider it important to establish closer coordination of law enforcement agencies of the CSTO countries in order to prevent the recurrence of such cases with the subsequent adoption of tough measures,” the Tajik leader suggested.
Rahmon called the ideology of religious radicalism one of the main tools of the opponents of the CSTO member countries.
“In our countries, the extremely destructive ideology of religious radicalism, which today has become one of the main weapons in the hands of our enemies, is being vigorously promoted,” the Tajik leader said. According to him, all this strengthens the religious-extremist potential and creates a threat of destabilization of the situation within the countries – members of the organization.
Rahmon added that many groups banned in Tajikistan are showing “particularly aggressive activity,” and many of their followers make up the backbone of the Islamic State (IS, a group banned in the Russian Federation). “We in Tajikistan are strenuously fighting the agitation and subversive work of emissaries of banned organizations,” he stressed.

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