Or, rather, it is only about Chechnya insofar as it is a story about the wanderings of the Chechen people writ very, very small.
The Chechens are an ethnic group from the mountains of the North Caucasus, a small neck of land between the Black and Caspian Seas.
Saratova – who manages repatriation efforts with Kadyrov and Moscow's backing – said young people were turned off by traditional lecturing about the dangers of extremism.
"But when someone appears before them to say in detail how they were radicalised, what they did there, how they managed to escape..see the real picture, the real face of this terrorist organisation." In a video from one of the classes, another returnee's voice cracks as she describes the pain she caused her family by going to IS.
Fenna Keijzer of the European Union's Radicalisation Awareness Network said similar education projects in other countries tended to use the experience of people who had been longer out of extremist environments.
Saratova insisted that the five women involved in the programme, which has reached around 600 young people over the last year and is seeking support to continue, took part voluntarily.
AP footage shows bones and decomposed bodies dug out of the ground by a bulldozer.
This Iraqi federal police officer holds a stuffed animal he found on the site Evidence of brutality: the grave, found near the town of Hammam al-Alil near Mosul, proves to be a dark testimony to the Islamic State′s brutality.
Two Chechen brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, had become suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, gunned down an MIT cop, and, in the ensuing chase, turned Boston into an eerily quiet war zone.
Suddenly, everyone needed a primer on Chechnya, on the wars there, on its connections to Al Qaeda and the Free Syrian Army—despite the fact that we don't know whether their alleged acts were motivated by ideology.