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    The Kazakh Muftiate, also known as the Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Kazakhstan (SDMK), has published an appeal to Kazakh nationals who traveled to Syria to fight.

    The plea, published on the muftiate's website on December 3, slams those Kazakh nationals who "went [to Syria] on the grounds of phantom ideas and who now are inciting discord," according to RFE/RL's Kazakh Service, Radio Azattyq.

    According to Kazakh intelligence, there are around 300 Kazakh nationals fighting in Syria with the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Of these, around around are women, the chairman of the Kazakh National Security Committee (KNB), Nurtai Abykaev, said in November.

    According to the muftiate, Kazakh citizens who are fighting in Syria are acting against Islam and in a manner that is alien to humanity.

    Why has the muftiate spoken out now against IS and Kazakh militants fighting for it? And who is this address really aimed at: Kazakh militants in Syria, or Kazakhs in Kazakhstan who might be considering joining IS?

    IS 'Kazakh Child Militant' Video 'Sickens Muslim Community'

    The muftiate's appeal comes in the wake of Kazakh government outrage against the recent publication and distribution by IS militants of a video showing Kazakh militants in Syria, including a group of children who were filmed undergoing military and ideological instruction in an IS camp.
    Another legitimate Islamic authority condemning IS. It's a wonder that the Islamic State have a religious leg to stand on, with so many Islamic scholars and authorities condemning their barbaric behaviour. I don't expect this will have much effect on the Kazakh recruits, but it may make Kazakhs planning to go and fight with IS to think twice before doing so.
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    I'm not convinced many of ISIS supporters actually understand Islam. A couple of British guys going over there had bought a copy of Islam for dummies....

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