GROZNY (Sputnik) – In mid-September, the Russian Federal Security Service said that some 2,400 Russian citizens were involved in activities connected to ISIL extremists, including fighting alongside the group.
"According to our data, there are 480 of them, around 200 have been destroyed. To date, we brought back 47 young men who were dragged into this group under false pretenses," Kadyrov said Sunday.
Islamic State is a radical religious fundamentalist group that seized large areas in Iraq and Syria in 2014. ISIL militants established a caliphate on their occupied territories, committing multiple brutal atrocities, such as mass executions and beheadings.
On September 30, Russia launched an aerial campaign against the group’s positions in Syria on request of the country’s authorities.