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Alliance between Russia and Chechen Muslim Jihadists?

While shelling has been reported in coastal town of Mykolaiv as Russians push toward Odesa, Moscow is turning to Syrian and Chechen Islamic fighters as strategic assets, IPT News has reported.

“We do believe that the accounts of them, the Russians, seeking Syrian fighters to augment their forces in Ukraine,” Defense Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “We believe there’s truth to that…. we’re in no position to refute the accounts that they might be seeking to recruit Syrian fighters.”

IPT News:

Chechnya is a land-locked region located in the North Caucasus, a member republic of the Russian Federation, a strictly conservative state with a majority of Sunni Muslims.

Chechnya attempted to form a breakaway independent state after the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union. Russia suffered a humiliating defeat in 1996, which was reversed by a fierce crackdown in 2000.

The Russian authorities went on to establish a pro-Russian regime in 2003, managing to gain the support of a great faction of Chechen warlords.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen strongman and close Putin ally, has served as head of the Chechen Republic since 2007. The Kremlin-backed leader has imposed strict Islamic social norms encouraging polygamy and promoting dispatch of his Islamic fighters abroad.

Known in Russian as Kadyrovtsy, those fighters have been deployed in special operations in Lebanon, Georgia and Syria as strategic assets of Russian foreign policy. They have also taken part in counterinsurgency cooperation programs between Russia and China.

Many are veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Syria, earning reputations for a ruthlessness and discipline that make them feared fighters.

Read more at IPT News.

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