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NATO aims to 'destabilise' Caucasus with Georgia drills: Moscow
 
05/06/2016 5:14:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 19 replies
AFP ^ | May 6th, 2016 | Unattributed
Moscow (AFP) - Russian foreign ministry on Friday accused NATO of seeking to destabilise the Caucasus region with upcoming joint exercises in Georgia, where US soldiers will train together with Georgian forces this month. "We view this consistent 'development' of Georgian territory by NATO soldiers as a provocative move, aiming to deliberately destabilise the military-political situation in the Caucasus region," it said in a statement. Moscow and Tbilisi fought a brief war in 2008 due to a dispute regarding South Ossetia, a separatist region of Georgia which is funded and backed by Russia. After the war, Russia recognised South Ossetia...
 

IS claims deadly shooting in Russia's Caucasus
 
12/31/2015 7:49:00 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
Yahoo.com ^
Moscow (AFP) - The Islamic State group has claimed it was behind a deadly shooting at an ancient citadel in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, an area increasingly becoming a hotbed of extremism. Related Stories Shooting at ancient citadel in Russia's Caucasus, one dead AFP One killed, 11 injured in gun attack at fortress in southern Russia: RIA cites official Reuters Suspected Russian raids in Syria kill 36 AFP Syrian crisis simplified: Who's fighting whom, and why? Associated Press Tuesday night's attack near the historic citadel of Derbent, which left one person dead and 11 injured, is the...
 

Russia targeting North Caucasus jihadis linked to ISIS (Expert disputes U.S. claim)
 
10/08/2015 6:28:18 PM PDT · by amorphous · 40 replies
WMD ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | F. Michael Maloof
WASHINGTON – While the United States insists that Russian airstrikes in Syria are targeting “moderate” opposition forces and not ISIS fighters, a Middle East expert claims the targets are jihadists from Russia itself, many of whom have joined various Sunni jihadi groups, including ISIS, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Middle East expert Mairbek Vatchagaev told G2 Bulletin the concern for the Russian government is North Caucasus fighters in Syria returning home to continue waging jihad. “It is unclear why Russia sat back for so long and allowed the militants in Syria to consolidate,” said Vatchagaev,...
 

Islamic State’s Caucasus ‘province’ claims first official attack on Russian forces
 
09/02/2015 10:27:23 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
Long War Journal ^ | September 2, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
The Islamic State’s so-called “province” in the Caucasus region has claimed responsibility for its first official attack since its was established earlier this year. In a statement released online (seen above), and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, the group says “the soldiers of the Caliphate were able to mount an attack on barracks of the Russian army in southern Dagestan, in Magharamakint village.” The raid allegedly “led to the killing and wounding of a number of them.” Afterwards, “the soldiers of the Caliphate returned to their positions safely and with spoils, and unto Allah is all praise and gratitude,”...
 

LEADER OF AL-QAIDA-LINKED GROUP IN RUSSIA'S CAUCASUS KILLED
 
04/20/2015 11:55:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 2 replies
AP ^ | April 20, 2015 | ARSEN MOLLAYEV
Russian special forces have killed the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group operating in the Caucasus region of southern Russia, the national counterterrorism agency said Monday. Aliaskhab Kebekov took over the leadership of the Caucasus Emirate last year after the death of its founder, Doku Umarov, who had claimed responsibility for major attacks in Russia. Kebekov pledged allegiance to al-Qaida and last month was added to a U.S. government list of global terrorists.
 
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