AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has vowed to enhance cooperation with the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to prevent the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, from expanding in the region.
The deputy director of the RATS executive committee, Vitaly Burov, told media that Daesh has been posing serious threats to the Central Asian states. He said the other day that Daesh has been consistently growing in Afghanistan, particularly in eastern and northern provinces while recruiting more and more people.
“The Afghan security forces will be provided with practical assistance to counter the recruiting activities of militants, including for participation in the Middle East conflict, as well as to trace channels for acquiring additional sources of funding,” RIA Novosti quoted Burov.
According to Russian news agency Sputnik, in May, the SCO RATS and the Afghan Foreign Ministry signed a protocol on cooperation in the area of security. The document prepared a legal basis for cooperation in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism.
The SCO is a political, economic and military alliance that includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan holds observer status in the organization