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Pro-Moscow Chechens declare jihad against Islamists

Chechnya’s pro-Moscow Muslim clerics declared a jihad against extreme “Wahhabite” Islam on Thursday in the strifetorn region’s second outspoken religious ruling in a week. “Today we unanimously adopted a resolution. (The religious leaders) announced that (Wahhabites) will bring nothing but harm to the people and to Islam,” said Ramzan Kadyrov, a politician who attended the meeting of clerics. “They are Wahhabites, and we must destroy them. If you ask me, we have a place where we can bury them — three metres down,” said Kadyrov in televised comments. Russian authorities habitually call their opponents in the Chechen conflict “Wahhabites”, a term describing the strict Wahhabi branch of Islam but which in Russia has become near-synonymous with “terrorist” during the Chechen conflict. Full Story

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