Anti-IS Chechen Militants Accuse Group Of Treating Recruits As ‘Cannon Fodder’

A social media account linked to the Chechen-led faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), which considers itself to be the Syrian affiliate of the North Caucasus militant group the Caucasus Emirate, has accused the Islamic State (IS) group of using inexperienced young recruits as “cannon fodder.”

The account, which appears to be run by a female JMA supporter who calls herself Aygul Salagayeva or Bely Sneg (“White Snow”), is one of the largest pro-JMA accounts with a presence on both Facebook and the Russian social network VKontakte. The account often posts the opinions of North Caucasian militants in JMA.

JMA, which also has an Islamist ideology and which fights the Syrian government alongside groups like Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, has been in an increasingly bitter ideological battle with the Islamic State group since December 2013.