Moscow, September 16, Interfax - Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, believes the next targets of Islamic State will be Mecca and Medina and says true Muslims are ready to oppose this threat.
"It was clear that after destroying Iraq and Syria they will reach out to the main Islamic holy places in Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem," Kadyrov said on Instagram.
"It's happening with direct support from western countries, which have provided weapons, military equipment and money to the terrorist organizations created by their special services," Kadyrov said.
Kadyrov said that "true Muslims will be strong enough to stop those who will stretch their bloody hand to Mecca and Medina."
"For this reason, I advise the ISIL masters to come to reason and stop the games aimed at destroying the Islamic world. When it happens, the masters of the Iblis ['Devil' figure in Islam] states and various al Qaedas will get really hurt," Kadyrov said.
Kadyrov said he "definitely supports the evaluations of the situation in the Middle East and the proposals aimed at resolving it voiced in the speech given by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the CSTO summit in Dushanbe."
Kadyrov reiterated that "Syria and Iraq are on the brink of collapse." "The Iblis state [ISIL] has nothing holy. They are enemies of Islam. They have proved it by killing world-famous religious figures and destroying religious holy places," Kadyrov said.
Kadyrov said he believes that "Vladimir Putin is proposing a real mechanism to come out of this situation, he calls to give up double standards in the fight against terrorism and give up the change of governments not favored by the West using the hands of terrorist organizations."
"The Russian president openly said that our country supports the Syrian government in the fight against terrorism and called on other countries to join this process. He expressed concerns about the fact that militants from Russia and other countries are being trained in the Islamic State. They pose a serious threat to the country's security. Putin suggests to the West uniting efforts in the fight against international terrorism and creating a global security system," Kadyrov said.
"We know that even one militant who has returned from the Iblis state is dangerous. For this reason, I fully share the president's concerns on this matter. We are taking serious measures to counter this threat," Kadyrov said.
"The doors to Chechnya are closed to those who have joined ISIL," he said.
"If they have chosen this path, let them live there until the end of their lives. We are not going to guard them in Chechnya. We should pass a law on annulling these terrorists' passports. And I advise those who say it's impossible to take everyone who returns and take care of correcting them," Kadyrov said.