Foreign special services trying to recruit young Chechens to fight in Syria - Kadyrov

Foreign special services are trying to recruit young people from Chechnya to fight with the Syrian opposition, Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov said.

"It is no secret that the so-called opposition in Syria acts under the guidance of foreign special services. No one even tries to hide it. Naturally, young people coming to Syria from Russia are a delicacy for them. One tries to recruit them. And one cannot be sure that such kind of recruiting will not be then directed against Russia," Kadyrov said in an interview with Interfax on Saturday.

There is no 'sacred war' in Syria, he said. "There is an action clearly planned by external forces to overthrow the regime, destroy the country and liquidate its armed forces," Kadyrov said.

"There are several people from Chechnya in Syria," he said.

"According to our data, five or six nationals of our republic died there. In the name of what? For the sake of what and who? It would be better if they stayed at home, helped their parents, raised their children, work and study," he said.

"The problem of the former participants in the Syrian events may be very acute, if one returns from there alive, which is rather doubtful. It cannot be fully solved by our special services and police. First of all, one should show on TV what 'the Syrian opposition' is, what it seeks and what its attitude is has to Islam," Kadyrov said.

"Our Muslim theologians say that there can be no signs of jihad in Syria. Both parties use weapons. There is a fight for power and resources. And the opposition is under the power of those who fund it, ship arms and ammunition, and send military experts," Kadyrov said.

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