2015-12-11 15:10:00

The zone of influence of the Islamic State is increasing - Russian Defense Minister

Moscow, December 11, Interfax - The number of militants of the terrorist organization Islamic State exceeds 60,000 people, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

"The number of terrorists exceeds 60,000 people," he told an expanded collegium of the Russian Defense Ministry on Friday.

Shoigu said there is a threat of terrorist activities being transferred to Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Shoigu also pointed out that "the zone of influence of the Islamic State is increasing".

He said militants have taken over some 70% of the territory of Syria and most regions of Iraq.