Publications are periodically appear in the Western and Arab press on the participation of volunteers from the Caucasus, including Chechnya, in the fighting against the forces of the Alawite regime of Assad in Syria.
This topic is not only monitored with interest by security services in different countries, but also by the press.
Interesting in this regard is the publication of an article about "Chechen Islamists fighting in Syria" in the newspaper published by Christians of Pakistan (as it turns out, there are such). The name of this newspaper is Pakistan Christian Post.
It is to be mentioned in this context that in Western and Arab media under Chechens it is also often meant other representatives of the peoples of the Caucasus Emirate, as two military campaigns of Russia in the Caucasus and a subsequent proliferation of military action on the territory of North Caucasus, were and are covered in Western and Arab media based on the events in Chechnya and a so-called "Chechen factor".
The Christian newspaper writes that there are volunteers from many countries fighting in Syria, but the West is most concerned about Chechens "because of their experience and tenaciousness". The infidels are asking:
"Given the current instability in several parts of the Caucasus, then why are Chechens involving themselves in Syria?", asks Pakistan Christian Post.
Without answering its own question, the newspaper writes that Turkey and Georgia "have given either tacit approval of safety to Chechen Islamists in the past, or both nations have been involved in covert operations aimed at the Russian Federation, and the "Chechen connection" may be based on the intrigues of Ankara".
Pakistan Christian Post also claims that "the CIA, Ankara and the security services in England and France are working in coordination" against the Assad regime in Syria.
The newspaper quoted an American anti-Islamic website The Long War Journal which reports on the participation of the Mujahideen from Chechnya and other regions of the Caucasus Emirate in Syria:
"The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, has claimed credit for yet another suicide attack as well as another joint operation with Chechen fighters", the website writes.
"Al Nusrah claimed the attacks in a series of three statements released on jihadist websites on Nov. 21 (Kavkaz Center has already reported about this both on Russian and English languages - KC).
"The suicide attack was executed by "the knight Abu Aun al Shamali", who used a car bomb "laden with 2 tons of explosives".
The statement was accompanied by pictures of the car bomb as well as the explosion at the hospital. Al Nusrah then detonated a car bomb parked outside the hospital and launched "an armed attack by a group of Mujahideen on what remained of the headquarters". End of quote
The newspaper further writes that "Chechen Islamists and Al Nusrah aimed the latest suicide attack against the Syrian armed forces, which were allegedly using a hospital for cover in Aleppo".
"In October this year it was clear that the Chechen element was involved in a major operation aimed at a Syrian air defense base in the region of Aleppo. When images emerged of a Scud missile base being overrun by Islamists it had all the hallmarks of Chechens fighters and covert operatives from the "third force." The aim was based on the objectives of Turkey and other powerful players which don't want their hands to be connected with this operation. Therefore, the Al Nusrah Front and Free Syrian Army (FSA) which also participated in the attack were mere "covers" for the real culprits", writes Christian newspaper Pakistan Christian Post, showing an obvious hatred for the Mujahideen and loyalty to Russia.
The newspaper further reports that "the Russian Federation should be very worried about this angle (i.e., participation in the battles in Syria of the natives of the Caucasus Emirate - KC), because in recent times several Sufi Muslim leaders have been killed in Dagestan and Tatarstan by Sunni Islamist terrorists. Not only this, these new ratlines could trigger more bloodshed in the Caucasus region and in other parts of the Russian Federation. At the same time, the situation in Chechnya could be reignited in the future if bases become obtainable alongside fresh armaments and capital".
The Pakistani newspaper also points out with reference to Russian media that Moscow has asked Turkey to close the Fund of the Chechen and Caucasian Unity, but it does not hope for a positive response, because "the support is on a top level".
Pakistan Christian Post writes that "the mentioned association has a financial division. This fund reportedly receives up to $ 130 million every year from various fundamentalist organizations (in the Middle East, on the Arabian Peninsula, as well as in Pakistan, Bosnia and Albania) to support terrorists". The Christian newspaper provides, of course, no facts confirming its allegations.
Department of Monitoring