Chechen leader claims his troops eager to fight ‘scum’ in Syria

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From The Guardian:

Chechnya’s strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has said that troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the “scum” in Syria if they receive the Kremlin order.

Kadyrov’s comments were made after Russian media reported that two battalions of military police from Chechnya were preparing to leave for Syria to protect the Russian air base there.

Kadyrov wouldn’t confirm the reports, but posted on Instagram that the troops stationed in Chechnya would be happy to deploy to Syria, if they are sent there. He added that he would be eager to personally join the fight against “international terrorism … I would be happy and proud to immediately go to Syria to fight the scum” on President Vladimir Putin’s orders, Kadyrov said. “The enemy must be destroyed in his den before his tentacles reach your land.”

Russia has waged an air campaign in support of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, since September 2015, helping his forces steadily gain ground across the country, most recently in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and its commercial capital before the war.”

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