Chechen forces in Syria helping Russia pick bomb targets: state TV

Chechen forces loyal to the Kremlin are on the ground in Syria gathering military intelligence deep inside Islamic State-controlled territory which the Russian air force is using to identify bombing targets, Russian state TV has said.

Chechen intelligence agents have also infiltrated the ranks of the militant group, according to Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, who said he had sent undercover agents to train alongside its fighters at the start of the Syrian war.

“According to Ramzan Kadyrov, an extensive spy network has been set up inside Islamic State,” said Russian state TV, whose coverage usually reflects the Kremlin line.