ASTANA -- Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev said the world is in a state of war against international terrorism, reported Kazinform Monday (November 13).
Nazarbayev made his remarks Monday (November 13) at the 3rd session of the Astana Club, a Kazakhstani government-backed international forum aimed at discussing Eurasian issues.
"[Terrorism] knows no boundaries. Any place in the world can become a target for terrorists," said Nazarbayev.
"Since the onset of the third millennium, the number of terror acts and casualties has increased ten-fold. In 2016, the acts of terrorisms occurred in 104 countries -- that is over half of the world," said the president.
"In terms of geography and scale of terrorism, we are basically in the state of the third world war -- the war against terrorism," he said.
Twenty-one of 34 member states of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have experienced terror attacks, which represent a major challenge for Eurasia, Nazabayev said.
The Taliban have been using advanced weapons available only to the Russian military, according to a security source in western Afghanistan.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.