0115 GMT February 21, 2019
Based on the voice recording which emerged on video sharing website YouTube on Sunday, militants in Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria regions have all pledged allegiance to ISIL leader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, AFP reported on Wednesday.
Listing the four Russian regions in the recording both in Arabic and Russian, a male voice says all the militants “of the Caucasus... are united in this decision and there are no disagreements among us on this issue.”
The move was warmly welcomed by the terror group, with Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, an ISIL spokesman, naming a local militant as the group’s Caucasus leader.
He said in a recording of his own that Baghdadi accepts the allegiance and “names Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Qadari as (governor) of the Caucasus.”
Reports identified Qadari as Rustam Aselderov, a militant who swore fealty to ISIL in December 2014.
The ISIL terrorist group, with the backing of many Western and regional states, started its campaign of terror in Syria in 2012. It currently controls areas across Syria as well as northern and western Iraq and has supporters in some other parts of the world including Libya and Nigeria.
Last year, the ISIL militants vowed to topple the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin and “liberate” North Caucasus.
The deputy secretary of Russia’s security council Yevgeny Lukyanov estimates that “up to 2,000” Russians have joined the ranks of ISIL, adding that many “pretend to be tourists who lost their documents” when they go back to Russia.
ISIL terrorists are carrying out terrific actions like beading of people in the areas they control in Iraq and Syria.