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Moscow says 4,500 Russian, ex-Soviet nationals in Islamic State ranks - RIA
April 26, 2017 / 2:37 PM / in 8 months

Moscow says 4,500 Russian, ex-Soviet nationals in Islamic State ranks - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian military believes up to 4,500 Russian and ex-Soviet nationals were fighting for the Islamic State militant group in early 2015, the RIA news agency quoted Russian army official Sergei Rudskoy as saying on Wednesday.

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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