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Chechnya's leader says troops would fight happily in Syria

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov attends celebrations marking Defenders of the Fatherland Day in Chechnya's provincial capital Grozny, Russia. Kadyrov said Thursday Dec. 12, 2016, that Chechen troops will be happy to fight the “scum” in Syria, after Russian media reported Chechen military police would deploy to protect the Russian air base in Syria and perform other tasks. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, FILE)

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov attends celebrations marking Defenders of the Fatherland Day in Chechnya's provincial capital Grozny, Russia. Kadyrov said Thursday Dec. 12, 2016, that Chechen troops will be happy to fight the “scum” in Syria, after Russian media reported Chechen military police would deploy to protect the Russian air base in Syria and perform other tasks. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

The leader of Chechnya says troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the "scum" in Syria.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov reacted Thursday to Russian media reports claiming that two battalions of military police from Chechnya were preparing to leave for Syria to protect the Russian air base there and perform other tasks.

Kadyrov wouldn't confirm the reports, but posted on Instagram that the troops stationed in Chechnya would be happy to deploy to Syria, if they received such an order.

He added that he would be eager to personally join the fight against "international terrorism ... and immediately go to Syria to fight the scum."

The Kremlin has relied on Kadyrov and his feared security forces to stabilize Chechnya after two separatist wars.