Thursday, October 1, 2015
'Send in Muslim troops to fight ISIS': Ramzan Kadyrov.
'Send in Muslim troops to fight ISIS': Ramzan Kadyrov. (DM).
One of Vladimir Putin's closest allies has called on the Russian president to deploy Muslim ground troops to fight the Islamic State.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman president of Chechnya, said Moscow should expand its operations in Syria – which began yesterday with controversial airstrikes on anti-government rebels in defiance of the West.
He said: 'I'm convinced that not only airborne should be used there, but also infantry, because the faster we finish off ISIS, the more peacefully we'll live across the territory of global community.
'We Chechens as yet, unfortunately, have no opportunity to participate in the fight against these evil spirits.'
Kadryov, a Sunni Muslim who runs the province with an iron fist and is seen as one of Putin's most loyal supporters, said Islamic fighters from Chechnya should be sent to combat the jihadis.
Kadyrov's comments will be seen as an attempt to defuse further jihadi recruitment by negating the argument that the conflict is fuelled by sectarianism.
That has also been the prevailing factor behind the West's refusal to put 'boots on the ground' in Iraq or Syria, instead choosing to support Muslim troops in combatting ISIS themselves.
Deploying ground troops, however, would plunge relations with the West into further crisis, but so far Putin has ruled out such a move, acutely aware of the Soviet Union's disastrous decade-long presence in Afghanistan.
Speaking to news outlet gazeta.ru, Kadyrov also claimed Putin had acted in line with international law in contrast to Western action in Syria.
'I'm sure that it will contribute to ensuring safety in entire world,' he added. Hmmmm.....Somehow i expected something of the kind. Read the full story.