Razman Kadyrov reports on under cover work of Chechen special forces in Syria. (CN).
In the territory of Syria, in the rear of the militants of the "Islamic State" (IS), fighters of the Chechen special forces are operating, said the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, adding that the Chechen fighters had been trained at the centre of special forces near the village of Tsentoroi.
"It's time to report on those, who ensure the success of Russian aircrafts on the ground at the cost of their own lives," said the story about the Chechen special forces, screened on February 7 in the programme "News of the Week" on TV Channel "Russia-1". This story was a preview of the documentary by Alexander Rogatkin, which will be released in the programme "Special Correspondent" on February 10.
Kadyrov's voice off-screen says that they managed to create an extensive network of agents right in the IS, the portal "Medusa" reports.
"Best fighters of the republic were sent there. They gather information about the structure and the number of terrorists, define the targets for bombing and fix the outcomes thereof," said the head of Chechnya.
He said that at the beginning of the war in Syria intelligence agents from Chechnya were sent, under the cover, to training camps where fighters, who profess Wahhabism, were trained.
The Kremlin refused to comment on the story, referring to the information, earlier disseminated by the Russian Ministry of Defence.
Ramzan Kadyrov's statement that Chechen spetsnaz (special troops) is at war in Syria should be treated with scepticism, said Reserve Colonel Victor Murakhovskiy and Andrei Koshkin, a military political analyst. If Kadyrov is telling the truth, then he has actually "exposed" his spetsnaz to the fighters of the "Islamic State" (IS), said Alexei Malashenko, a member of the Scientific Council of the Moscow Carnegie Centre.
As noted by Victor Murakhovskiy, who is also the editor-in-chief of the magazine "Fatherland's Arsenal", Kadyrov "doesn't command any spetsnaz units of the Russia's Armed Forces."
Alexei Malashenko treated Kadyrov's statement as a political promotion (PR) action, noting that he is "sceptical about any real action of the Chechen spetsnaz possible on the territory controlled by the IS." Nevertheless, the expert has noted that "many Chechens went to fight in Syria on the side of the IS."
Andrei Koshkin, a member of the Association of Military Political Analysts, who also heads the Division of Political Science and Sociology of the G. V. Plekhanov Russian Economic University, has admitted that "even if Kadyrov's words are true, then this is only a private initiative."
In 2014, power agents and residents of Chechnya reported sending Chechen spetsnaz to the border with Ukraine. In May 2014, Kadyrov confirmed the presence of natives of Chechnya in the conflict zone in Ukraine; however, he treated an organized sending of Chechen spetsnaz there as an "absolute lie".