Moscow, October 28, Interfax - ISIL has gained strength due to the dual policy of certain world and regional countries, Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov has said.
"The international community has encountered a new geopolitical challenge - bandit international represented by the so-called ISIL," Bortnikov said at a meeting of the Council of Heads of National Security Enforcement Agencies and Special Services of the CIS on Wednesday.
The project "which derived from the notorious Arab Spring gained strength because of the dual policy of certain world and regional countries that tried to resolve their strategic tasks in Asia and Africa by use of 'the terrorist battering ram'," he said.
As a result, those countries put the world on the brink of a religious and civilization conflict fraught with most devastating consequences, Bortnikov said.
"ISIL and forces behind it have drastically changed the political and interreligious situation in the Middle East and North Africa," he said.
By use of modern propaganda technologies, "they seeded mistrust in power institutes and distorted traditional Islamic values amongst broad Islamic [population] layers," Bortnikov said.
"Holding a massive propaganda campaign and actively using latest achievements in the information field, ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusra and some other terrorist groups acting as a single front have managed to globally popularize the extremist ideology and to draw under their banners the most active social groups, first of all youngsters," the FSB director said.