Islamic State group militants may soon send militants to Central Asia, India, China and Europe, warned Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan Thursday at the 4th Moscow Conference on International Security. He urged foreign leaders to work together to create “a front of resistance” against the militants also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Central Asia is a ripe recruitment area for ISIS militants because the region is still recovering from a power vaccum created by the collapse of the Soviet Union more than twenty years ago. Porous borders that would allow militants to slip in from Syria are another draw. “Today, I must say with enormous regret that the countries that support IS and other terrorist groups conduct special training and logistical planning in order to send militants to Central Asia, to the Caucasus, to India, Western China and Europe in the future,” Dehghan said.