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Experts: ‘Repressive’ Kremlin Policy Pushes Thousands to Join IS

Nadir Medetov, also known as, Nadir Abu Halid, was supposed to be under house arrest at his home in Dagestan, a republic in Russia’s North Caucasus region, when he appeared last year on an Islamic State video in Syria pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The decision by Medetov, a 32-year-old Salafist with thousands of young followers in the North Caucasus, to join IS, led to a flow of new recruits for the radical Islamist group, analysts and Russian intelligence...

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