India less threatened by Islamic State: Former U.S. envoy

| Updated: May 17, 2017 03:24 IST

New Delhi [India], May 16 (ANI): Former United States special envoy for Israeli- Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk on Tuesday lauded India's "wise policies" to avoid the rise of Islamic State (IS) terrorists and said that New Delhi was less threatened by the dreaded origination compared to other nations from marking its presence in the country. "India, through wise policies avoided the rise of ISIS. Maybe it will come in another version. India is less threatened by this phenomenon than other countries. Though large number of their people joined ISIS and presumable are coming back now and present a threat that's a much smaller problem," Indyk told ANI. Indyk further said that the ISIS would lose its foothold in Iraq and Syria over the next year. "ISIS is going to lose its territorial base in Iraq and Syria opver the next year. Its raison d'etre was to raise the Islamic State on territory, once it loses the territory the whole idea of Islamic State is out of the window," he added. He, however, said that greatest challenge would be to prevent ISIS from coming back and ensure that countries like Iraq and Syria do not become a breeding ground in the near future. "The challenge would be able to restart themselves in Iraq and Syria. There is a big challenge in international community for post war reconstruction and try to ensure that these areas have been reduced to provide breeding ground for comeback," he said. In April, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, a close associate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed by the American forces near the eastern Syrian city of Mayadin area. Uzbek is said to have helped carry out the deadly New Year's eve attack on Istanbul's Reina nightclub. (ANI)