Kadyrov Head of the Chechen Republic Asks Putin to Allow Chechen Infantry to Fight in Syria


The head of the Chechen Republic has asked the Russian president to send Chechen units to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria, adding that his fighters have sworn to fight terrorists till the end.

This is not idle talk, I am asking for permission to go there and participate in special operations, Ramzan Kadyrov said in the Friday interview with the RSN radio. Being a Muslim, a Chechen and a Russian patriot I want to say that in 1999 when our republic was overrun with these devils we swore on the Koran that we would fight them wherever they are, the Chechen leader said.

But we need the Commander-in-Chiefs decision to do this, he emphasized. According to the Russian Constitution, the president is also the commander-in-chief of the military forces.

Kadyrov also noted that Chechen special forces units were at a very high level of combat readiness and promised that as soon as the terrorists in Syria understand that we are heading there they will very quickly get out, adding that terrorists have little experience of real warfare.

We know them because we have destroyed them here, we have fought them. And they also know us, the Chechen leader said.

At the same time Kadyrov acknowledged that the fight against the IS threat must not be limited to power methods, but should also include education the younger generation must be taught that extremist groups use the wrong interpretations of the Koran.

Earlier this month, the head of the Chechen republic reported that a charity foundation named after his late father was providing aid to Syrian refugees in Germany. Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram account that charity workers took almost 2,000 refugees for a holiday meal in the city of Kiel and that the foundation was providing German refugee camps with school furniture and equipment for childrens playgrounds.

This week the Russian Air Force started to deliver surgical strikes on terrorist positions in Syria after the countrys upper house unanimously voted on Wednesday to endorse President Putins request to deploy the nations military abroad to fight terrorism. The head of the presidential administration, Sergey Ivanov, emphasized that Russia would not be involved in any ground operation aid would only be in the form of airstrikes.

The US and the EU cannot bring peace to the Mideast because instead of real action against Islamic State terrorists they prefer to talk about their desire to displace Syrian President Assad, the head of the Chechen Republic has told reporters.

Today there are no more doubts that the main target of the West is Assad and not the Iblis State terrorist organization, Ramzan Kadyrov told reporters, using wording suggested by Russian Muslim scholars to describe the group that calls itself Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Since the start of the armed support of the Syrian opposition by the United States and Europe and the beginning of air strikes on ISIS, the peace process has not advanced even one millimeter. On the contrary, Western forces cause tens of thousands of young men from all over the world to come to Syria and Iraq, the Chechen leader added.

He especially emphasized the fact that it is common knowledge already that Islamic State finances its operations by selling oil extracted on captured territories, yet no one has tried to stop this trade.

Therefore we have every reason to believe the coalition is assisting and strengthening Iblis State directly or indirectly, Kadyrov told reporters.

He warned that every day of postponement could cause irreparable and tragic consequences, and said the only solution to the crisis was the coordination of an international anti-terrorist operation licensed by the Syrian government. The Chechen leader also said it was important to create an international foundation that would help the subsequent restoration of Syria.

Kadyrov also stated that in his view European bureaucrats were creating a show out of the recent sharp increase of the number of Syrian refugees. In reality hundreds of thousands of refugees are cheap workforce for Western nations, where people are getting older and where men are marrying men. Ninety-nine percent of the refugees are children and young people who can pave the roads, work in factories and plant tulips.

In December 2014, Russia brandished the Islamic State group as a terrorist organization, outlawing membership or any support for it under threat of criminal prosecution. In addition, two major Russian Muslim groups issued fatwas against IS, announcing that all its members were enemies of Islam and called for their punishment as criminals.

This September, a senior officer of the Russian Federal Security Service urged more states to join the fight against Islamic State and promised political dialogue with all interested parties. The cooperation exists but its level is insufficient, especially when it concerns the United States, General Sergey Smirnov said.