World View: Russia Prepares for Chechen Jihadists' Return from Syria

World View: Russia Prepares for Chechen Jihadists' Return from Syria

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  • Russia prepares for Chechen jihadists’ return from Syria
  • Christian revenge attacks on Muslims increase in Central African Republic
  • Greece begins to confiscate bank accounts of tax evaders

Russia prepares for Chechen jihadists’ return from Syria

Jihadists from Russia's Caucasus fighting in Syria (Ria Novosti)
Jihadists from Russia’s Caucasus fighting in Syria (Ria Novosti)

Thousands of ethnic Chechens have come from Chechnya, Russia’ssouthern province, or from Europe, and have gone to Syria to fightagainst the army of Syria’s genocidal monster president Basharal-assad. Russian officials are finally beginning to worry that theseChechens, battle-hardened from the war in Syria, will return to Russiaand join Sunni militants who are fighting violent separatist movementsin the Caucasus. According to Chechnya’s governor Ramzan Kadyrov:

“Thousands of militants are in Syria who pose a gravedanger to our country, according to the Russian securityservices. …

[The] danger from the Syrian militants has never been asecret. Even a blind person cannot fail to notice it. Ordinarypeople discuss it. High-ranking officials openly talk about it. Weknow how many human casualties stem from the inability [of thegovernment] to strike terrorists and Wahhabis preventively. Thatis why the law enforcement agencies and the leadership of therepublic are undertaking a range of preventivemeasures.”

Russia has brought this violent blowback on itself, by providingenormous amounts of the heavy weapons to the Shia/Alawite al-Assad touse to exterminate Sunni women and children in Syria. This has causedSunni jihadists to declare that it’s their sacred duty to help theoppressed people in Syria, making Syria the center of jihadistactivity in the Mideast, and inflaming sectarian tensions throughoutthe region. Jamestown and Reuters and Ria Novosti

Christian revenge attacks on Muslims increase in Central African Republic

The purpose of France’s military intervention in the Central AfricanRepublic was to halt a humanitarian crisis caused by Muslim Sélékarebel on Christians. Christians have been formed their ownanti-Balaka rebel groups, targeting Muslims with revenge attacks.France now has 1600 troops in CAR, mostly in the capital city Bangui,trying to bring the violence under control, mostly by disarming theSéléka fighters. But in doing so, they’ve been unable to preventwidespread looting and anti-Balaka attacks targeting the Muslimcommunity. The Muslims are accusing the French troops, who arethemselves mostly Christian of targeting the Muslims and ignoringattacks by Christians on Muslims.

“Accomplices!” “Traitors!” “Come and see the bodies!”


The French military intervention, aided by American transportvehicles, seems to be having little effect on the violence in Bangui,and even less effect in other cities where there are no French troops.

Violence is increasing, and this conflict is showing signs ofspiralling into a full-scale generational crisis war. However, I’munable to do a generational analysis, because I’m unable to find anydetails of previous conflicts and relations between Christians andMuslims in CAR. If any reader, possibly someone with access to Frenchcolonial histories, could point me in the direction of suchinformation, I would appreciate it. AFP and BBC

Greece begins to confiscate bank accounts of tax evaders

Greece has issued its first order to confiscate the bank deposits of acompany that has allegedly evaded taxes, and owes an estimated 100,000euros in taxes. The company, which was not named, is active in thesectors of wholesale commerce and computer trading. Unfortunately,it turns out that there is no money in firm’s bank accounts,which I suppose is what was to be expected.

Greece will now issue dozens more orders for confiscation of bankaccounts. For those that have insufficient bank accounts, bankaccounts will remain frozen for ten years, and any money obtained fromselling assets will be confiscated immediately. Out of 62 billioneuros that are owed, Greek authorities expect to collect no more than18 billion, the rest being uncollectable. Kathimerini

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