DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2017
They are in charge of separating Sunni and Shiite combatants.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2016
Moscow started to deploy Chechen special operations forces units to Syria this week, debkafile’s military sources reveal. The troops come from elite units of the Chechen military with extensive field experience in urban warfare. Some of the units fought in eastern Ukraine in the past two years and, before that. in Chechnya against radical Islamic terror organizations linked to Al Qaeda and the Salafi movement.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015
Putin aims to drive ISIS out of Mosul as well as Raqqa both to defeat ISIS and destroy its infrastructure and to gain a foothold in Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015
Nine joint commands form the backbone of the Russian-Iranian-Syrian-Iraqi war machine and cover all aspects of collaboration for a full-scale war. Iran and Russian worked out the details while nuclear negotiations were still in progress.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015
Putin plans to develop his Syrian foothold into a wide-reaching Russian-dominated belt moving in on Mid East spheres of influence as the US disengages. In the Syrian arena, his main goal is to wipe out the hundreds of Chechen and Caucasian fighters in rebel and ISIS ranks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015
The Russian force’s missions are to stabilize the Assad regime by bolstering his flagging military on all warfronts in collaboration with Iran, while attacking all rebel forces, especially those with Chechen fighters.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2013
Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov announced Monday, Dec. 4, the formation of a special unit to deal with “Syrian radicals” wiithin the North Caucasus republic and abroad. “Members…will be ready to interfere in the Syrian conflict if authorized by the Russian president.” Russian and Syrian intelligence fear al Qaeda in Syria is plotting a spectacular attack on the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, possibly using sarin, which US intelligence thinks al Qaeda has obtained. This was a prominent item in talks between Binyamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin in Moscow Nov. 20.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2013
Al Qaeda fighters from Chechnya and the Caucasian seized the key northern Syrian air base of Minakh Monday, Aug. 5. debkafile: This was the first important gain by Al Qaeda’s North Caucasian brigade, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar, and its Chechen commander Abu Omar. They caught Syrian troops at the base and executed them by slashing their throats or beheading. If these jiahdists move on Syria’s borders, they will confront Israeli, Jordanian and US forces based in the Hashemite kingdom with a different and fearsome kind of terrorist savagery.
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