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Chechnya braces itself for return of foreign fighters

Chechnya has been fertile ground for "Islamic State" militants seeking to recruit foreign fighters. Now that the terrorist group is facing defeat on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq, hundreds of Chechen jihadis could be on their way home.

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