Talgat Tadzhuddin, one of Russia's two competing chief muftis, has once again declared jihad against the US, this time because of its support for Georgia, according to a September 8, 2008 report by the online news web site Gazeta.ru.
"The USA are fiends of hell who impose spiritual assimilation on anybody who strikes back against their filthy hands," the mufti is quoted as saying, further characterizing the West as "enemies of the human race." An August 29, 2008 BBC Russian service report carries an additional quote: "We [Muslims] should help Russia in its jihad against the USA.
Muslims have experienced their aggression more than anybody else. And now in alliance with Moscow we have a chance to pay them back for all of the suffering that the Americans have inflicted on the Islamic world.
We call upon Muslims and Russian Orthodox to join in a united Islamic-Orthodox jihad against the Empire of Satan."
Muslim and Orthodox commentators have reacted by criticizing the mufti's statement. In 2003, Mufti Tadzhuddin called for a jihad against the US in reaction to the war in Iraq, but he then kept silent on the topic, reportedly at the insistence of the government.