The Eastern Front
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Putin and the Russian Federation have spent a lot of resources and energy picking a fight with the US, NATO and the EU. They may soon have to redirect some of their efforts to the east to the Caucasus.
This weekend, Islamists in Russia’s Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria regions sworn allegiance to IS Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on YouTube;
“We testify that all mujahedeen of the Caucasus... are united in
this decision and there are no disagreements among us on this
IS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani welcomed the news;
“We congratulate the soldiers of Islamic State in the Caucasus...
We congratulate them for making allegiance to the caliph. He accepts
your allegiance and names Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Qadari as (governor)
of the Caucasus.”
Last year, the Islamic State issued a threat against Putin vowing to oust him and liberate the North Caucasus and, last month, they launched a Russian-language Islamist magazine.
The Deputy Secretary of Russia’s Security Council estimates that there are up to 2,000 Russians fighting with IS and when they return home, many pretend to be tourists who lost their documents. Given their pledge, they will need to make some noise and they haven’t forgotten the Second Chechen War of 1999-2009.
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