- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2015

The head of Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s department for modern challenges and threats says at least 800 Russians are fighting with the Islamic State group.

Ilya Rogachev disclosed the statistic while speaking on Ekho Moskvy radio Friday, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Rogachev said that many of those who have joined come from the Russian province of Chechnya and other regions in the North Caucasus, AP reported.

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty reported Jan. 2 that six jihadi commanders in Russia have recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Sultan Zaynalabidov, Rustam Aselderov, Abu-Mukhammad Agachaulsky, Makhran Saidov and two other commanders known as Khamzat and Usman are using their influence within Russia to bring in new recruits for the Sunni radical terrorist organization, Radio Liberty reported.

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