President of Chechnya: U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies luring Chechen youths to join terrorists in Syria

Moscow, SANA – President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday evening met Grand Mufti of Syria Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun in the Chechen capital Grozny.

During the meeting, Kadyrov said that U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies are luring Checehn youths to join terrorist organizations in Syria and take part in shedding Syrian blood, asserting that he’s keeping up with what is happening in Syria and the crimes committed by terrorists in it.

He asserted his support for Syria, noting that his government is working to raise awareness among the Chechen people of the fact that the war on Syria is waged by the enemies of Islam, affirming that Chechnya will not allow Chechens who join terrorist organizations in Syria to return to the country.

“You are not Chechens or Muslims,” Kadyrov addressed these individuals, saying that they will all be eliminated because they went to Syria to murder Syrians, and that they will never be allowed to return to Chechnya.

He also lauded the performance of the Syrian leadership under President Bashar al-Assad.

For his part, Hassoun praised Kadyrov’s position on combating terrorism in Syria, noting that many of the Chechens who joined terrorist organizations in Syria didn’t come from Chechnya; rather they were living in Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, but the west is singling out Chechnya and trying to defame the Chechen people when addressing this issue.

Hassoun said that a number of Saudi and Egyptian “religious figures” are recruiting Chechen youths to join terrorist organizations, while the Saudis and Qataris employed their media and sent weapons that were used to murder Syrians.

Syria’s Ambassador in Moscow Riyad Haddad, who attended the meeting, said that Syria is committed to remaining in touch with the Chechen people and helping the government in Chechnya in combating terrorism.

Hassoun also delivered a lecture at the Islamic Affairs and Fatwa Department in Grozny, in which he said that the west is exploit8ing extremist religious groups to do its dirty work.

Hazem Sabbagh

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