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The convergence of terrorist groups “Islamic state” (IG) and “al-Qaeda” (both banned in Russia) may become a new global challenge. This was stated by first Deputy head of the centre of special purpose of the foreign intelligence Service (SVR) Russia Sergey Koutev at the international conference “Combating illegal arms transfers in the context of the fight against international terrorism”, reports “Interfax”.
“Combining these leading international terrorist organizations may lead to the creation of so-called hybrid terrorist holding with a strong resource base and significant destructive potential,” explained Koutev. According to him, in this scenario, the world will have to develop new ways of dealing with terrorism.
He noted that “globalization of the terrorist threat” became possible including because of the “destructive position of the leadership of some countries.” “In order to fulfill its geopolitical aspirations, they often divide terrorists into “bad” and “good”, and also supported extremist structures, allegedly fighting for true democracy,” — said the representative of the SVR.
Koutev added that “the rate for the Mujahideen in Afghanistan” has led to the emergence of “al-Qaeda” and the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in the US and intervention in Iraq and Syria helped to create ISIS and “Dzhabhat-EN-Nusra” (an organization banned in Russia).
Previously, on September 3 the head of the service for operational information and international communications of the FSB of Russia Sergei Beseda reported that the income of the Islamic state group in four years has fallen 10 times. “Currently, the militants manage to get 200-300 million dollars a year,” he said. Four years ago the financial flows of terrorists was estimated at three billion dollars. Falling revenues due to falling revenues from oil production and taxes from the territories controlled by the terrorists, said the representative of the FSB.
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