ISIS is moving into Latin America – Russian Foreign Ministry

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The terrorist organization “Islamic State” * has stepped up efforts to create training camps in Latin America, although so far such cases are few in number, said Dmitry Feoktistov, Deputy Director of the Department for New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“There is a danger of camps in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for training jihadists , establishing ties between terrorists and local criminal and drug syndicates . We are concerned about the activation of recruiting activities of extremists, especially in the Caribbean states, where the share of citizens professing Islam is high,” he said, speaking at the 18th session of the Inter-American Committee on Combating Terrorism.

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Later, in his communication with journalists, Feoktistov emphasised that the cases of recruitment are still small in number. “But we do not want it to grow into an epidemic,” the diplomat added.

Feoktistov stressed that Russia is ready to facilitate the training of intelligence officers, and also called on the participating countries to consider the possibility of joining the SCO Convention on Countering Extremism.

 

Source RIA
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