European support office in the field of asylum (EASO) predicts the growth of the terrorist group “Islamic state” in connection with the pandemic coronavirus. This is stated in a special report of the Bureau published on its official website on may 12.
According to EASO, the strengthening of ISIS can lead to the suspension of coalition operations in the middle East and the diversion of local armed forces, for assistance to eliminate the consequences of the pandemic (e.g., for curfew). The Bureau believe that ISIS could exploit the situation to regroup and return to activity in much of the region.
“This scenario combined with potential food shortages and the destabilization of security can lead to an increase in migration [to the EU] over the medium term”, – the report says.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 4.21 million people, of whom more than 287 thousand died of 1.47 million recovered.
Terrorist organization “Islamic state” (ISIS) was founded in 2006. Subsequently, the group seized part of the territory of Syria, Iraq and Libya. The ISIS militants involved in the fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Yemen, Nigeria and conduct terrorist activities in other countries.
In 2019, after the assassination of the leader of the group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi , the state Department noted that ISIL still remains a growing threat.