2015-10-28 12:12:00

People from over 100 countries fighting for ISIL, other terrorist groups

Moscow, October 28, Interfax - People from over 100 countries are fighting for ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov has said.

"According to our estimates, people from over 100 countries are currently fighting for terrorist groups. The share of such mercenaries reaches 40%. About ten gangs consist of citizens of Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Central Asian countries. The geography of countries of origin is constantly growing, Bortnikov said at a meeting of the Council of Heads of National Security Enforcement Agencies and Special Services of the CIS on Wednesday.

He also said that the leaders of some regional terrorist groups had pledged their loyalty to ISIL.

"The oath of allegiance to ISIL has been taken by leaders of some regional terrorist and extremist groups operating on a space from Africa and Europe to Southeast Asia," the FSB director said.