Russia warns of Daesh re-grouping; Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Israel; Airstrikes in Libya

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Iran, Russia warn of Daesh relocation to Afghanistan

Iranian and Russian security chiefs have expressed concerns that the Deash terrorist organisation will re-group from their former Middle East strongholds into Afghanistan.

The warnings were made during the second edition of the Regional Security Dialogue conference held in Tehran yesterday by the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, and his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, reported Press TV.

Also in attendance were security officials from China, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. “Since Daesh’s defeat in Iraq and Syria, one of the [pressing] security concerns has been the relocation of the defeated Daesh elements from the two countries to Afghanistan,” Shamkhani said.

Russia’s Patrushev said Afghanistan currently hosts between 2,500 and 4,000 Daesh terrorists and that the only solution is direct and unconditional talks between the Taliban and the Kabul government. He also referred to the increase in drug production in Afghanistan as one of the principal sources of funding terrorism, and said around $600 million of the funds deriving from drug production and sales go to terrorist outfits in the region each year.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Israel

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups have agreed that they will respond together to any future Israeli “aggression,” Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ziad al-Nakhala asserted on Thursday.

“I affirm that we will respond to any aggression together, God willing. No aggression will come without meeting a response. That is what we agreed to with the brothers in Hamas and the resistance force,” Nakhala said in a televised speech.

Hours after his speech, the Israel Defense Forces said that a projectile was fired from Gaza toward southern Israel — the second in under 24 hours.

During the latest escalation in tensions in November, the Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, and other smaller terror groups in Gaza fired some 450 rockets and mortars at Israel, which responded with many retaliatory strikes in the coastal enclave.

Warplanes strike military sites in Libya’s Misrata city

Fighter planes carried out airstrikes on military sites in the western city of Misrata, Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said Thursday.

Mustafa al-Majai, a spokesman for the GNA’s Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) operation, told Anadolu Agency that some old air defense sites and battalion camps were hit.

Al-Majai did not say who the warplanes belonged to but noted there were no casualties.

In April, forces loyal to eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli, but they have so far failed to progress beyond the city’s outskirts.

However, on Dec. 12, Haftar announced he had ordered his militants to launch a “decisive battle” to capture the city.

According to UN data, more than 1,000 people have been killed and over 5,000 injured since the start of the operation.

Since the ouster of late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and another in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition.

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Source: MEMO, TTI, Anadolu Agency