Sheikh Mansour Battalion
French Police have asked their Ukrainian counterparts for information regarding the potential Ukrainian origin of AK-47 weapons used in the recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris France. The request comes after French investigation have revealed links between the perpetrators of the terrorist act Said Kouachi, Cherif Kouachi and Hamyd Mourad with the Ukrainian Volunteer Sheikh Mansur Battalion run by Isa Munaev a former Chechen associate of slain Islamic State in Syria leader Sheik Omar al-Shishani. Munaev is suspected of running a smuggling operation whereby weapons from the Ukraine conflict are being smuggled into Europe via returning Volunteer fighters and sold to collectors and potential in this case have fallen into the hands of terrorists.
The Ukrainian Volunteer Sheikh Mansur Battalion is a Muslim volunteer battalion made up of mostly European based Chechen fighters who fought under former Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov and before arriving in Ukraine were fighting with the Free Syrian Army and the Fighting Islamic Group of Libya. French Police are investigation weather French based fighters who have fought with the Sheikh Manur Battalion in Ukraine and who have proven links with the Kouchi brothers and Mourad may have smuggled military grade equipment from Ukraine after fighting with the unit during the recent European summer.
Links between Ukrainians and Chechens fighters now fighting with the al-Qaeda linked Al Nusra front and the Islamic State go back to the first two Chechen Wars where volunteers from the Ukraine Nationalist Association Viking Unit led by Oleksandr Muzychko who was killed by Ukrainian anti-terror police in 2014. Slain Islamic State leader Sheik Omar al-Shishani also fought with Muzychko’s Viking Unit as a Georgian Special Force’s Officer. Photos from that era indicate that a Islamic State colleague of Sheik Omar al-Shishani was also a colleague of Muzychko’s Viking Unit during the First Chechen War.
Oleksandr Muzychko 1995 in Chechnya and Omar al-Shishani in Syira 2013 with the same asscoiate
More info on Chechen fighting in Ukraine Sheikh Manur Battalion can be found here http://www.jamestown.org/single/?tx_ttnews[tt_news]=43062&no_cache=1#.VLfF9HvQM2Q
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