Russia Should Send Covert Operatives to Syria: Chechen, Caucasus Angle and Iran
Murad Mahkmudov and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The conflict in Syria continues unabated whereby the supporters of terrorism, sedition and sectarianism fear no international consequences and now the ISIS threat in 2014 is being manipulated by America in order to attack the government of Syria once more. Nations that are neutral towards Syria, or which are trying to help this nation, appear to be only concerned about defensive measures when it comes to powerful nations. However, the enemies of Syria are on the attack and clearly they want the demise of the current Syrian government and to control this nation by their respective proxies. Of course, for the United Kingdom and France then another failed state doesn’t concern them and the same applies to America.
Not only this, but clearly certain Gulf powers and the United States have long term plans whereby future foreign policy objectives will follow if the government of Syria is crushed. Iran comes up with grand statements but clearly this nation is on the defensive or even playing a dual policy based on schemes only known to Tehran. Therefore, the latest President Obama objective in 2014 is once more aimed at the Syrian government and not tackling the source of international terrorism – after all, it is the allies of America that are funding and supporting terrorism and this notably applies to Gulf powers and NATO Turkey.
Irrespective of the rhetoric emanating out of Iran it is clear that Shia persecution is endless in Bahrain, Iraq, and Pakistan. Also, it is clear that non-Sunni Muslim sects face a bleak future in Syria if the government is crushed by radical Sunni Islamists. Of course, the very nature of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the many Islamist terrorist organizations which align themselves or work together; means that mainstream Sunni Muslim leaders are also being killed because they support the independence of Syria.
At the same time, in Malaysia the Shia faith is illegal and converts face enormous persecution. However, just like the crisis in Pakistan it is more trade despite their co-religionists suffering so gravely. Therefore, with Iran and America working together in Bosnia and other parts of the world since the Islamic Revolution of 1979; then clearly some questions need to be raised about the nature of relations between Tehran and Washington. Likewise, while Iran vents its anger towards Israel it is somewhat ironic that Shia mosques are allowed in Israel and not in Malaysia but this reality doesn’t suit the propaganda.
If Iran is not adopting a dual-policy then surely the Bahrain issue would be at a different stage. Saudi Arabia feels free to enter into the internal affairs of Bahrain which largely means crushing the Shia and forces of modernity within the Sunni camp. The same Saudi Arabia alongside Qatar and other Gulf states are also involved in Syria but once more Iran is playing a purely defensive game. At no point are despotic Sunni Gulf Monarchs worried about Iran destabilizing Bahrain, parts of Saudi Arabia in Shia dominated areas and so forth. On the contrary, Iran seems fixated on Zionism despite the reality that Shia Muslims are being slaughtered by Sunni Islamists in several nations.
Russian Federation, Chechens and Caucasus Islamists
Of all the outside nations involved in the crisis in Syria it is abundantly clear that the Russian Federation desires a political settlement whereby only Syrians will decide the future of their nation. The stance taken by Moscow is that elements within the FSA and various Islamist terrorist groups are too dangerous to be allowed openly to defeat the Syrian government. This applies to possible future massacres on a major scale if Islamist forces win because of their hatred towards the Alawites and Shia. Christians and other religious minorities like the Druze would also face a very bleak future and possibly a re-run of Christians fleeing Syria like Iraq may occur. Therefore, political leaders in Moscow want the middle ground to be filled by politicians on all sides in order to stop the bloodshed.
However, regional nations which are opposed to the government of Bashar al-Assad have ignored the wishes of the Russian Federation. While outside meddling and sectarianism belonged to the start of the crisis in Syria you never really had much of a Chechen and Caucasus Islamists angle. Yet since August and September 2012 the Chechen and Caucasus Islamist angle gradually began to build up. Today this reality is becoming more potent by the week because it is abundantly clear that external forces are needed in order to defeat the government of Syria. This applies to working with internal FSA and Islamist terrorist units while sowing the seeds of sectarianism and causing economic chaos. Given this reality, it is essential that the armed forces of Syria prevent large swathes of major cities in the north falling into enemy hands because covert operatives and other negative forces are waiting for “a real bridge” to emerge just like in Libya.
Yet for the Russian Federation the dangerous terrorist, sectarian and sedition policies of major Gulf nations, France, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, towards the government of Syria is also “a dagger at the heart of Moscow.” This applies to the growing menace of Chechen and Caucasus Muslim terrorists in Syria which will use their new military hardware, wealth, terrorist links and new routes to cause further mayhem throughout the Caucasus region. Indeed, if Islamist forces etch out major areas of non-central power in Syria then similar Al-Qaeda bases and other terrorist networks will utilize this reality to the maximum. The United States entered Afghanistan on the pretext of Al-Qaeda bases in this nation after September 11 but now Moscow is being endangered by the allies of America. After all, you now have many pro-Al Qaeda, Al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist factions in Syria and ISIS is being manipulated in 2014 by America.
It is clear that given the nature of Chechen and Caucasus Islamist terrorist groups that in the future the Russian Federation will feel the consequences. Also, even in Tatarstan the Salafi menace is continuing to grow therefore many parts of the Russian Federation face the duality of terrorism and indoctrination. The Caucasus region faces this duality while other parts of the Russian Federation like Tatarstan are mainly facing the growing influence of Salafi ideology. In saying that, several attacks took place in 2012 against leading mainstream Muslim figures in the Russian Federation who spoke out against Salafi ideology.
On the Kavkaz Center website http://www.kavkazcenter.com/ which is anti-Russian Federation it was stated: “In March 2013, a unit of Mujahideen of Kataeb al-Muhajirin, or Brigade of Emigrants, under the command of Abu Omar al-Chechen was joined by several brigades of Syrian Mujahideen, including Kataeb Khattab, or the Brigade of Khattab, and Jaish Muhammad, or the Army of Muhammad, after which it was decided to reorganize the structure of Kataeb.”
“As a result, Jaish al-Muhajirin wa Ansar, or the Army of Emigrants and Helpers, was created.”
“Jaish is fighting primarily in the province of Aleppo (see the map). Today, it is one of the most prominent groups in the Syrian Jihad. The Army of Emigrants has more than 1,000 Mujahideen, Muslim volunteers from different countries, including the Caucasus Emirate, are fighting under its banner.”
The growing menace of Chechen and Caucasus Islamists and the role of Salafi indoctrination in Syria in 2014 should lead to the Russian Federation taking action. This applies to sending covert operatives to take out leading Islamist terrorists by working with the Syrian armed forces; providing major intelligence to the government of Syria; increasing military hardware of greater sophistication which suits the nature of the conflict; and by providing greater economic assistance. Also, political leaders in Moscow must raise this question seriously with Turkey because clearly this nation is a conduit of major terrorist and military ratlines which are anti-Syrian government. Similarly, the petrodollars of the Gulf are spreading the dangerous Salafi ideology and this fact needs to be raised.
In another article by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that “… Turkey and Georgia are known to have many rat lines which link these two nations to very murky dealings. Also, Turkey and Georgia are both firmly within the American and British camp. Therefore, the Russian Federation must be very concerned about the Chechen and Caucasus Islamist angle in Syria because major economic incentives must have been given to these elements. Similarly, with Dagestan and other areas seeing a growing Islamist angle – for example, even in Tatarstan moderate clerics are not out of the reach of international jihadists. Then surely Spetsnaz and other special forces from the Russian Federation should do something to counter the growing presence of Islamists from the Caucasus who are entering Syria. This applies to covert operations, to increase the military power of the armed forces of Syria and to provide greater intelligence work to the government of Syria. If no measures are taken, then this will come back to haunt the Russian Federation.”
Syria needs real support otherwise the Syrian armed forces, the economy, the infrastructure and so forth will bleed to death slowly. While this is happening, enemy nations throughout the Gulf and Turkey will continue to support sectarianism, terrorism and sedition. The enemies of Syria only need to focus on dark forces like terrorism and destroying the economy. However, the functioning government needs to spend its resources on the infrastructure, health care, education, providing jobs and other natural things. This means that the government of Syria faces enormous obstacles therefore nations which are neutral or which support Syria must increase their efforts vastly. If not, another nation state will be turned into a failed state whereby the forces of terrorism and hatred will blossom at the expense of a secular society.
If Iran is really concerned about the plight of Shia Muslims and having geopolitical clout in the Levant then this nation needs to do more. The Zionist issue is ridiculous when Shia Muslims are being killed and persecuted in many nations which are dominated by either Sunni elites – or where you have major Sunni Islamist terrorist groups which kill and persecute the Shia and other minority Muslim sects. It is clear that feudal Sunni dominated monarchs in the Gulf are happy to crush the Shia in Bahrain and to try to usurp power in Syria. Rhetoric from Iran isn’t needed because Syria is not a proxy of any nation but real friendship and support is needed. Political leaders in Moscow and Tehran clearly know that while Syria is fighting to preserve its independence and freedom – other nations have bigger ambitions aimed at the Russian Federation and Iran respectively. This reality means that “defensive policies” are not helping Syria during “its hour of need” and in the long-term the demise of independent Syria will be used in order to alter the geopolitical landscape of the Levant and wider Middle East.
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