After news came in that the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the gay nightclub shooting attack at Orlando, Florida, USA, Indian intelligence agencies have revealed that interrogation of those arrested for having links with terror group ISIS has revealed that the next country the terrorists are targeting is Russia. Sources in the intelligence agency have revealed that ISIS plans to launch attacks on Russia as a part of their global jihad which seeks “revenge” in the name of Islam.
Also, it has been revealed that ISIS is going to be using more females to launch these attacks, possibly in suicide missions. Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, who has been identified by police as the shooter who killed 50 during the carnage at Orlando gay nightclub, is an Afghan by origin. Washington Post reports he holds strong political views and supports the Afghan Taliban. In a video he posted on Saturday, he appears to be portraying himself as the president of Afghanistan.
In January 2015, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, ISIS’ official spokesperson, announced the group’s “expansion” into the “lands of Khorasan,” (a term from Islamic history that encompasses a large segment of South and Central Asia). A report published in Russia Today confirms ISIS is attempting to spread to Central Asia and Russia. “10,000 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan ‘trained to expand to Central Asia, Russia,’” says the report stating the terrorist group Islamic State has dramatically increased its presence in Afghanistan and is preparing to expand into other Central Asian countries and Russia. The presence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Afghanistan, is a significant security threat, Zamir Kabulov, a senior Russian diplomat is reported to have said. Remember, Afghanistan and Soviet have history marred by violence and wars.
Most of these terrorists did not arrive in Afghanistan, but rather are Afghan militant groups, who pledged allegiance to ISIS. Drug money is a massive source of profit for ISIS, who make up to $1 billion annually from sales, according to the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) and over half of Europe’s heroin now comes from the IS. There have been reports in the recent past of Islamic State in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region training children to wage jihad.
A Taliban commander arrested in central Afghanistan last year revealed that Iran supplies them arms and ammunition and pays people like him a monthly salary.