A massive army of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters coming from various nations are massing on Afghanistan’s northern border ready to march and conquer neighbouring states, Russian intelligence officials have revealed. At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly planning a huge ground operation in Syria involving 150,000 Russian soldiers to seize the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa and once and for all wipe out the jihadist group.

Raqqa is the self-declared capital of ISIS in Syria and is reportedly guarded by as many as 5,000 Islamist fighters, the Daily Express reported. Russian spy chief Alexander Bortnikov reportedly warned Moscow that heavily armed fighters from the Taliban could join ISIS in its planned invasion of Central Asia. Speaking at a meeting of special services from the Commonwealth of Independent States, he warned: “The international community has now hit a new geopolitical challenge, an international criminal group in the name of the Islamic State FULL REPORT