Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov.19
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Some 150 Kazakh females today are in the ranks of the Islamic State terrorist group, said an article published on the website of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan.
"Chairman of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Nurtai Abykayev announced the number of Kazakhs who joined the Islamic State - they are more than 300, moreover, they created the so-called Kazakh zhamagat," said the artcile. "Besides, half of these 300 people accounts for women, said the chairman of the National Security Committee."
It also reported that the so-called Kazakh Zhamagat was created from those in the Islamic state. Intelligence agencies are concerned that recruiters come to the CIS countries who instill radical views to the young, involve it in extremist activity and send young people in to the Islamic State to participate in hostilities.
The published material said that enlargement of ISIS is carried out not only by the citizens of the CIS. Thus, citizens from more than 80 countries participate in the hostilities, and this fact shows the internationalization of the conflict, according to information from operational, intelligence and public sources. It potentially expands the geography of terrorist threats in the world, if the militants return to their country, according to the head of the National Security Committee.
"Work to prevent the departure of citizens for the areas of Syria and Iraq occupied by ISIS, is underway to avoid the negative factors associated with the Islamic state," said the statement. "In Russia, appropriate amendments and adjustments to the legislation were introduced for that. Similar measures are being taken in Kazakhstan and other countries of the Commonwealth in order to facilitate the work of the security bodies with this special category of citizens."
The NSC said that the problems that will arise after the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan were discussed in detail at a recent 37th meeting of the Council of heads of security bodies and intelligence services of CIS countries held in Astana.
"The Americans and British have already announced about the cessation of active combat operation on the territory of that state, according to Director of Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation Alexander Bortnikov," the article concluded. "A large number of international terrorist groups, operating in Afghanistan, harbors intentions about reformatting their actions, according to the Russian special services information. Their plans and intentions include the transfer of terrorist activity on the territory of the CIS countries, and, above all, the countries of Central Asia and then Russia."