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Russia Grievances Push North Caucasus Exiles to Join IS

The North Caucasus diaspora in Europe is a predominantly Muslim community of several hundred thousand people scattered across the continent. Hundreds of its members have gone to the Middle East to fight in the ranks of the Islamic State (IS). While most of them have wound up as cannon fodder for the terrorist group, some have risen to top positions in the IS hierarchy. “Analysts assert that many Chechen fighters tend to be relatively experienced and combat-ready, based on fighting Russia...

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