Anti-IS Chechen Militants: We Don’t Like Kurds But We’re Glad When Anyone Kills IS

Chechen militants in Syria fighting in factions opposed to the Islamic State (IS) group have expressed positive reactions to this week’s Kurdish victory over IS in Kobani, while insisting that they do not support the Kurds.

While these Chechen militants have not been able to praise the Kurds directly for their victory — like IS, they also consider the Kurds to be “infidels” — some have conveyed their opinions about the IS defeat in Kobani in more indirect ways.

Social-media accounts linked to the Chechen-led faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), which considers itself the Syrian branch of the North Caucasus-based militant group the Caucasus Emirate, have expressed sympathy for the wives and children of Chechen militants who joined the IS group and who were injured and killed during the extremists’ offensives against the Kurdish militias.