#Russia targeting #NorthCaucasus jihadis linked to #ISIS

WASHINGTON – While the United States insists that Russian airstrikes in Syria are targeting “moderate” opposition forces and not ISIS fighters, a Middle East expert claims the targets are jihadists from Russia itself, many of whom have joined various Sunni jihadi groups, including ISIS, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Middle East expert Mairbek Vatchagaev told G2 Bulletin the concern for the Russian government is North Caucasus fighters in Syria returning home to continue waging jihad.

“It is unclear why Russia sat back for so long and allowed the militants in Syria to consolidate,” said Vatchagaev, of the Washington-based think-tank Jamestown Foundation. “Now, they pose a danger not only to the Russian North Caucasus, but also to areas in Central Asia adjacent to Russia.”

Source: Russia targeting North Caucasus jihadis linked to ISIS

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