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The security situation in several parts of Iraq remains tense, mainly because of the destabilizing activities of the “Islamic State” terrorist group, as well as attacks on convoys and facilities of the international anti-terrorist coalition led by the United States. According to experts, “Iraq is still among the ten most disadvantaged countries in the world from this point of view.” In April alone, terrorists and extremists committed about 90 armed attacks, shelling and explosions in various provinces of the republic.
Turkish police reported on May 2 that an alleged IS leader codenamed Basim has been detained in a suburb of Istanbul.
Afghan Defense Minister Yasin Zia announced on May 1 that the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops had begun. According to him, foreign forces are leaving the bases, and the transfer of these assets to the Afghan side is expected soon. US troops are on their way to the base in Bagram, from where they will later return home by air. The last troops, according to the minister, were supposed to leave the base in Helmand province on Sunday, May 2.
In April, Russian Aerospace Forces were striking the militants in the provinces of Raqqa, Hama, Homs, and the Israeli Air Force - pro-Iranian formations in the south of Syria.
Militants of the “Islamic State” defeated in Syria have been noticed at the site of the recent conflict on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The conflict between the border guards of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan was provoked by a third party, stated a military expert and editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine
The tragic consequences of the large-scale armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh at the end of 2020, when over 5,000 Azerbaijanis, Armenians and two Russian servicemen were killed, are still fresh in our memory. Many politicians and observers wondered why Russia, the CIS and the CSTO were unable to prevent or quickly suppress this fratricidal war? Moreover, just a short time before the conflict, on May 9, 2020, Moscow loudly celebrated 75th anniversary of the joint Victory of the Soviet People over Hitler's fascism; Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Russians and other Soviet people fought together for four years in the World War II.
An Afghanistan national, known as Basim, has been detained in Turkey. According to the Turkish security services, he headed one of the military structures of ISIS under al-Baghdadi.
Representatives of the National Agency for Information and Investigation under the Iraqi Ministry of Interior detained Abu Ali al-Jamili who is a member of the “Islamic State” terrorist group banned in Russia. In the criminal hierarchy he was the governor of Fallujah, according to Al Sumaria.
In the Afghan branch of the Taliban, the internal conflict between the three largest factions is escalating. This is happening due to the announced withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan and the intensified competition between various Taliban groups striving to lead the further “victorious jihad”. The Afghan government could use the split within the Taliban to strengthen its position at home and abroad.