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Istanbul, Turkey – More than 1,500 Caucasian fighters are fighting alongside the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, Russian local media quoted a high-ranking official on Friday.
Sergei Malkov, envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Caucasus, said that such large numbers of IS-linked Caucasian fighters have become a major threat to the Russian state and must be dealt with seriously, adding that “there must be additional efforts to prevent these fighters from migrating to the Middle East, especially the youth.”
“Those young Caucasians do not have sufficient awareness to understand the consequences of joining such a terrorist group,” Malkov said in an official statement on Friday.
Syrian civil rights activist Ahmed Mall, based in the IS-held city of Raqqa, told ARA News (on the condition of anonymity) that the number of fighters from the former Soviet Union countries joining the IS ranks is continuously increasing, and that the many of them started marrying Syrian women in their areas of control, especially in the city of al-Bab in Syria’s Aleppo.
“The IS leadership pays a lot of attention to such fighters, granting them the most capable commanding positions, due to their previous expertise in street wars,” the source added.
Noteworthy, many videos published by IS group verified the existence of a significant number of Northern Territory fighters (Caucasus) who are engaged in battles in Syria and Iraq. Some of them occupy high-ranking positions, unlike other foreign jihadists in the ranks of the radical group.
Reporting by: Mustafa Hamid
Source: ARA News