*** U.S. reluctant to destroy ISIS
Moscow, March 5, Interfax - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has been fine-tuning ties with militants in Russia's North Caucasus, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said.
"Data that ISIS is fine-tuning contacts with terrorist underground in North Caucasus are getting confirmation," Patrushev told journalists.
"This information will be taken into consideration in making further decisions aimed at bolstering security of the Russian Federation and protecting its national interests," he said.
"Regretfully, despite loud statements Washington still resorts to 'double standards' in the fight against terrorism. The U.S. is reluctant to destroy ISIS militants fearing making things easier for al-Assad," Patrushev said.
ISIS emerged because of "shortsighted policy of the White House," he said.
"ISIS takes its roots from the times of the West's military intervention in Iraq. It is then when this cell of Al-Qaeda started to form. Later some Sunni groups, as well as former Iraqi officials and officers who went underground, and after the American occupation, joined it," Patrushev said.
"ISIS militants have undergone special training in the territories of countries neighboring Syria in order to overthrow legitimate President al-Assad. The result was the emergence of another terrorist octopus whose distinguishing feature is sophisticated barbarity," he said.