Russian Special Forces kill over dozen ISIS in 5 hour firefight [VIDEO]
Russian special forces carried out a two-part operation in southern Russia over the weekend– targeting terror cells allied with ISIS.
The Anti-Terrorist agency says the militants targeted during a raid in the North Caucuses region were “instrumental” in recruiting Russian Muslims to travel to Syria and join ISIS as fighters in the conflict there. About 3,000 Russians are believed to be in Syria fighting for ISIS — the majority of them coming from the North Caucasus area.
Russian troops carried out the raids on Sunday, in a rural area outside Nalchik, the capital of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic.
The North Caucasus region — which also includes the republics of Chechnya and Dagestan– is home to a large segment of the Russian Muslim community and considered a hotbed of Islamic extremist activity.
According to an AP report, the entire region where the Russian special forces carried out their raid is “fertile ground” for ISIS recruiting. Local reports said Russia authorities believed that the ISIS affiliate group was plotting “significant” terror attacks to be carried out in “busy public places” in Nalchik — which has a population of 240,000.
The special forces troops reportedly found at least two IEDs and a large arsenal of automatic weapons and ammunition.