Skip to comments.10 of 32 terrorists at Beslan were Arab nationals with Al Qaida ties
Posted on 09/06/2004 1:04:58 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
Russian investigators said Arab operatives linked to Al Qaida played a major role in the takeover of a Russian school in which 400 people were killed.
Russian officials said authorities have determined that 10 of the 32 suicide attackers who took over a high school in Beslan in North Ossetia last week were nationals from several Arab countries. Most of the attackers were Chechens and Ingush who had been trained at Al Qaida camps in Afghanistan.
The 10 Arab nationals came from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria, officials said. They said security forces seized notebooks in Arabic in the school taken over by insurgents. Officials said survivors told authorities that some of the captors spoke Arabic during the three-day hostage ordeal.
All of the captors were said to have been killed, but three accomplices were arrested, Middle East Newsline reported.
The Arab nationals were said to have been recruited in the Middle East and hosted by Shamil Basayev, head of the Chechen insurgency and aligned with Al Qaida.
"We're hoping to release additional information over the next few days," an official said. "But precise details will require cooperation from our allies."
The officials said the attackers were trained in Al Qaida camps in Afghanistan and financed by Abu Omar Al Seif, regarded as a leading Al Qaida operative and the organization's representative in Chechnya.
Al Seif, identified as the chief Islamic ideologue in the Chechen insurgency, was brought to Chechnya in 1995 by Saudi national Samir Saleh Abdullah Al Suwailem, known as Abu Khattab. Abu Khattab was said to have been killed in 2002.
Officials said Basayev received Saudi financial aid for at least a decade, most of it through Al Seif. They said Basayev and Al Seif employed hundreds of Saudi volunteers for suicide and other mass casualty attacks in Chechnya and other parts of Russia as well as raised funds required for the attack on the school in Beslan.
In December 2003, Federal Security Service spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko said virtually all of the suicide attacks in Russia over the last few years were organized by Al Seif and Abu Al Walid. Ignatchenko identified Al Walid as responsible for the Arab fighters in Chechnya.
"Major financial resources reach Al Walid and Abu Omar from extremist centers in a series of Arab countries," Ignatchenko was quoted as saying by the Itar-Tass news agency.
Several Middle East countries planned to increase security cooperation with Russia, officials said. On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was scheduled to meet Israeli leaders in an effort to pave the way for expanded security cooperation. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have also agreed to increased security cooperation with Moscow. Victims of the insurgency attack included at least one Turkish national.
"The recent terrorist act in Russia has showed the importance of international cooperation in fight against terrorism," Turkish Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said.
Or read another way.....30 out of 32 terrorists support John Kerry.
Yes. Their monopoly is over. It will get out. But please do not call them "mainstream." Liberal Media or Old Media please.
How about Lamestream?
The mainstream media is spiking this important story, because al Queda would do this (or worse) in a heartbeat here in the USA.
"They're spiking it because it shows that Arab-Islamic terrorism isn't solely the consequence of Israeli and American "foreign policy," but the consequence of the "religion" of Islam itself. And that un-PC fact horrifies them to no end."
They are also spiking it as we approach the 3rd anniversary of 9/11. The MSM would like all Americans to forget about 9/11, the mass murdering of 3,000 Americans by al Qaeda and Islamofascists.
The MSM want us to worry about enabling Gays to be married in our churches and how to tax us more for their voters.
Come up with a plan and I'm with you.
Hanan Ashrawi, but alas! She is not a virgin. Her honor was taken by the infidel, Peter Jennings!
So bad , Seems like more Arab countries support those terrorists .
This is news?? Sounds more like a broken record.
The day before yesterday CNN put on the air an Arab journalist in an expensive suit who said there is no excusing or explaining this massacre and then tried to excuse and explain. He said all the Arabs came from countries under occupation and oppression, namely Iraq and Palestan. Of course, he was wrong - they came from Saudi and Syria and Jordan.
you would think all the journalists being killed would do such. Remember one thing, Saudi oil money supposedly is linked to world media. I don't have facts on this so I would need someone to confirm. Most reporters, broadcast, written or otherwise are part of corporate structures and are "managed". Some might want to tell the truth, but they'd only get it out once. And sometimes never.
Your right, but it gets tiresome. And the stakes are higher than many realize. So many of my coworkers(UAW) do not believe a terrorist attack can happen here again. It's only a matter of when and where.
The MSM is dying slowly, but we are watching it die. It'll take time though.
They just found 22 Chinese men at a Motel in Texas, who had just been brought over. If they can bring over 22 Chinese, they can bring over 22 terrorists.
And instead of being abandoned by greed-motivated coyotes, terrorists will be driven all the way to their target cities by their dedicated jihadist "in place" support cell.
Great post, Grampa... Your comments in #25 are spot on.
"Alexander Voronin, of the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, listed five more junior foreign fighters been killed by Russians in Chechnya, including volunteers from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia and Algeria."
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