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  • Sochi Olympics terrorism threat: Three more 'black widow' suspects identified

    01/21/2014 7:18:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 24, 2014 | Albina Kovalyova, Richard Engel and Erin McClam
    Russian security officials are hunting for three more young Muslim women — so-called “black widow” terror suspects — who they believe are planning to target the final stages of the Olympic torch relay with suicide bomb attacks. Wanted posters distributed by police say that the women have been dispatched by underground groups to attack between Tuesday and Thursday in Rostov-on-Don, where the torch is expected to arrive Wednesday on its way to the Olympic city of Sochi.
  • Second suicide bomb in 24 hours causes carnage in Volgograd ... six weeks ahead of the Olympics

    12/30/2013 6:09:22 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 30, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Russia faces a New Year security nightmare after the second devastating suicide bomb explosion within 24 hours, this time on a rush hour trolley bus in Volgograd. The latest blast killed at least 14 with 28 wounded, some severely. A day earlier, an explosion reported as being detonated by a female "black widow" suicide bomber saw 17 killed and dozens wounded in the city's main railway station. The latest explosion was said by law enforcement officials to have been caused by a man detonating a bomb in a crowded trolley bus packed with early morning commuters. At least 14 people...
  • Vladimir Putin vows 'total annihilation' of terrorists after Volgograd bombings

    12/31/2013 8:51:55 AM PST · by MarkBsnr · 101 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Dec 2013 | Roland Oliphant
    Vladimir Putin has vowed to pursue terrorists to “total annihilation”, in his first public comments since the Volgograd suicide bombings. In his traditional New Year's Eve address, which was broadcast at midnight from the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, (5pm in Moscow), he praised Russia’s unity in the face of both terrorism and natural disasters and promised to continue an unrelenting fight against the bombers. “In the past year we have faced problems and serious challenges including the inhuman terror attacks in Volgograd and unprecedented disasters in the Far East,” he said. “Dear friends, we bow our heads in memory...
  • Volgograd: 'Ten dead' in second blast to hit Russian city

    12/29/2013 9:19:12 PM PST · by kristinn · 117 replies
    BBC ^ | Monday, December 30, 2013
    At least 10 people have been killed and 10 others injured in an explosion on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd, Russian media report. The blast comes a day after 17 people died in a suicide bomb attack at the central station in the city. Security has been tightened at railway stations and airports across Russia. Moscow is concerned militant groups could be ramping up violence in the run-up to the 2014 winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi. The Olympic venue is close to Russia's volatile north Caucasus region. Volgograd lies about 900km (560 miles) south...
  • At least 14 dead after (suicide bomb) explosion at Russia railway station, officials say

    12/29/2013 5:30:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2013
    At least 14 people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a female suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February's Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack in Volgograd, but it came several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games.
  • Suspected 'Black Widow' suicide bomber kills 6 in southern Russia (near 2014 Winter Olympics)

    10/21/2013 11:19:13 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | October 21, 2013 | By Lisa Lundquist
    A suspected "Black Widow" female suicide bomber attacked a bus in the southern Russia city of Volgograd today, not far from Sochi, the site of the February 2014 Winter Olympics. The attack is the first such incident in the region in over a year. According to Russia's Federal Investigative Committee, a 30-year-old Dagestani woman named Naida Asiyalova boarded the bus at a stop, then detonated shortly afterward in an explosion that killed at least six people and wounded 32 others. There are thought to have been about 40 people on the bus. Identity documents found near the blast site indicated...
  • Standoff in Russia school siege [Flashback: 9 years ago today, Muslims attack children]

    09/01/2013 4:34:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/1/2004
    MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A tense standoff between Russian authorities and attackers who seized at least 100 hostages -- possibly as many as 400 -- at a school in southern Russia continued Thursday with little progress reported. Four people were killed in the initial attack. Hundreds of armed troops have surrounded the school in the town of Beslan, near the troubled Russian republic of Chechnya where rebels and Russian forces have battled each other for a decade.
  • Before Boston, Warning Signs Chechen Extremists Were Plotting Beyond Russia

    04/22/2013 11:27:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | April 22, 2013 | FoxNews.Com
    If Chechen extremist groups were in any way associated with last week's Boston Marathon bombing, investigators will, in hindsight, see a path littered with warning signs -- which could lead them to the doorstep of one particular extremist group.
  • Chechen Group Behind Beslan Claims Ingushetian Attack

    04/21/2013 9:23:35 AM PDT · by STD · 24 replies
    STD ^ | 04/21/13 | STD
    Chechen Group Behind Beslan Claims Attack Kadyrov Vows To Wipe Out Islamic Militants June 29, 2009 MOSCOW (Reuters) -- The Chechen rebel group behind the 2004 Beslan school massacre has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing last week that badly wounded the president of Russia's southern region of Ingushetia.
  • Russian Court Bans ‘How to Accept Islam’ Book

    04/02/2013 8:35:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2/4/13
    MOSCOW, April 2 (RIA Novosti) - A court in south Russia has banned as “extremist” a book entitled “How to Accept Islam,” officials said on Tuesday. The Krasnoyarsk district court ordered all copies of the book to be confiscated and destroyed. Investigators, citing linguistic experts, said the book, by Muhammad Suleiman Ashkara, encouraged religious hatred. The court said the book was discovered during a May 2011 raid at the Krasnoyarsk home of a man suspected of links to an extremist Islamic organization.
  • Muslims ask for 15% of Russian Public Television air time

    03/12/2013 5:36:53 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    interfax-religion.com ^ | March 12, 2013
    Moscow, March 12, Interfax - The Russia`s Council of Muftis has asked General Director of the Russian Public Television, Anatoly Lysenko, to reserve at least 15% of air time for Islamic-themed programs. "Muslims currently account for at least 15% of the country's population. And we think that at least 15% of the air time of the Russian Public Television, which is being created, should be dedicated to programs and films on various aspects of the Muslim community's life," the Izvestia newspaper said on Tuesday citing a letter of Ravil Gainutdin, chief of the Council of Muftis, to Lysenko. Otherwise, the...
  • Russia and Islam: The End of Peaceful Coexistence?

    09/29/2012 3:50:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Until recently traditional Muslims and Salafists lived harmoniously side-by-side in Tatarstan. No longerFOR years Tatarstan was held up as a model of stability and tranquillity as the Muslim-majority republics of the Russian north Caucasus became embroiled in a separatist conflict that spawned a still-continuing civil war along religious lines. More than half of Tatarstan’s 4m people are Sunni Muslims who have long enjoyed friendly relations with the rest of Russia. Kazan, the regional capital on the Volga river 450 miles (724km) east of Moscow, is a prosperous and attractive city. That sense of calm has changed since July, when assassins...
  • Black Widow attempted New Year Moscow attack but blew herself up by mistake [2011]

    01/17/2012 7:02:40 AM PST · by GAB-1955 · 58 replies
    Daily Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 10:15PM GMT 26 Jan 2011 | Andrew Osborn
    A "Black Widow" suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year's Eve but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early, according to Russian security sources.
  • Blast in Moscow Metro Kills at Least 25 (terrorism)

    03/28/2010 10:09:56 PM PDT · by bitt · 132 replies · 4,304+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/29/2010 | Reuters
    Blast in Moscow Metro Kills at Least 25 Reuters At least 25 people were killed in an explosion that rocked the Lubyanka metro station in central Moscow on Monday, Itar-Tass news agency reported. MOSCOW -- At least 25 people were killed in an explosion that rocked the Lubyanka metro station in central Moscow on Monday, Itar-Tass news agency reported. At least 10 people were wounded in the blast, it said, quoting the Emergencies Ministry.
  • Female suicide bombers blamed in Moscow subway attacks

    03/29/2010 7:25:16 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 21 replies · 880+ views
    CNN ^ | March 29, 2010 | Matthew Chance, Paul Courson and Eddie Demarche
    Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- Russian investigators combing two subway stations attacked by female suicide bombers think Chechen rebels may have been behind the rush-hour strike that killed dozens of people.
  • Double suicide bombings kill 37 on Moscow subway

    MOSCOW — Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow's subway system as it was jam-packed with rush-hour passengers Monday, killing at least 37 people and wounding 102, officials said. The head of Russia's main security agency said preliminary investigation places the blame on rebels from the restive Caucasus region that includes Chechnya, where separatists have fought Russian forces since the mid-1990s. The first explosion took place just before 8 a.m. at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow. The station is underneath the building that houses the main offices of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the KGB's main...
  • Women suicide bombers 'kill 38' in Moscow Metro attacks

    03/29/2010 5:36:11 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 54 replies · 1,559+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 29, 2010 | Will Stewart and Jenny Booth
    Two female suicide bombers have blown themselves up aboard packed underground trains at the height of the rush hour in Moscow this morning, killing 38 people and leaving an estimated 65 injured, according to the Russian security service. President Dimitri Medvedev is due to reassure the nation in a television address later today, pledging no let up in the war against terrorism and promising a security crackdown on public transport. The first blast came at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow at around 8am (0400 GMT), killing 24 people. The station is deep below the headquarters of Russia's Federal Security...
  • RUSSIAN 'BIN LADEN' KILLED BY MOSCOW'S SPECIAL FORCES

    03/07/2010 4:13:41 PM PST · by Cindy · 31 replies · 245+ views
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | Published: 7:11PM GMT 07 Mar 2010 | Andrew Osborn in Moscow
    "Russian 'Bin Laden' killed by Moscow's special forces Russia exulted in the death of a terrorist dubbed "the Russian Bin Laden," yesterday claiming it has proof he was behind a deadly train bombing last November that left 28 people dead." By Andrew Osborn in Moscow Published: 7:11PM GMT 07 Mar 2010 SNIPPET: "The FSB intelligence service said a special forces operation had resulted in the death of Sheikh Said Buryatsky, an Islamist convert whose real name was Alexander Tikhomirov."
  • Islamists claim killing of Russian priest

    12/26/2009 5:05:47 AM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 841+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | 26.12.2009
    Islamists claim killing of Russian priest (AFP) – 7 hours ago MOSCOW — An Islamist militant group based in Russia's North Caucases has claimed the killing last month of an Orthodox priest who was an outspoken critic of Islam. "One of our brothers who has never been to the Caucases took up the oath of (former independent Chechen president Doku Umarov) and expressed his desire to execute the damned Sysoyev," said a statement on the Kavkazcenter.com website. Daniil Sysoyev, 35, was killed on November 20 when masked gunman walked into Saint Thomas's church in southern Moscow and shot him four...
  • Islamists claim killing of Russian priest

    12/25/2009 11:34:31 PM PST · by csvset · 8 replies · 609+ views
    France24 ^ | 26 December 2009 | Staff
    An Islamist militant group based in Russia's North Caucases has claimed the killing last month of an Orthodox priest who was an outspoken critic of Islam. "One of our brothers who has never been to the Caucases took up the oath of (former independent Chechen president Doku Umarov) and expressed his desire to execute the damned Sysoyev," said a statement on the Kavkazcenter.com website. Daniil Sysoyev, 35, was killed on November 20 when masked gunman walked into Saint Thomas's church in southern Moscow and shot him four times. Doku Umarov emerged as the leader of the remaining active rebel movements...
  • Al-Qaeda prepares terrorist attacks in Russia

    04/18/2009 5:18:44 AM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 877+ views
    SNIPPET: "Russian special services disclosed monstrous designs of international terrorist network al-Qaeda. The organization intended to conduct a series of terrorist attacks in Russia during the celebration of the Orthodox Easter. Terrorists planned to explode a building of the Federal Security Bureau in Moscow, a building of an aircraft-making association and a tan-yard in Kazan. They also planned to assassinate a high-ranking FSB official, Boris G." SNIPPET: "The special services have obtained the verbal descriptions of all the three suspects. The first one of them, Mohammad Yunus bin Mussa is a 35-year-old red-haired well-built male. The second one is Janes...
  • Over 240 militants killed in south Russia in 2008

    03/11/2009 4:02:00 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 1 replies · 261+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/ 03/ 2009
    MOSCOW, March 11 (RIA Novosti) - Special forces in south Russia killed 243 militants including 23 gang leaders in 2008, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Wednesday. "While putting up armed resistance, 243 militants including 23 gang leaders were fatally wounded," the FSB press center said in its report on the activities of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee in 2008. The report said that 576 more militants were detained during the year, and that special forces found 640 arms caches and militant bases, containing 1,407 fire arms, 2,401 kg (5,300 lbs) of explosives, and 454 self-made explosive devices. Special forces...
  • The (Russian) Roots of Islamic Terrorism (a must read!)

    07/16/2006 12:56:33 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 75 replies · 7,795+ views
    Eurasian Politician ^ | March, 2002 | Antero Leitzinger
    The Eurasian Politician - Issue 5 (April-September 2002) THE ROOTS OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM Antero Leitzinger (March 2002) This article intends to trace the roots of Islamic terrorism, with special focus on Afghanistan. Notes are added on practical and philosophical problems of world media in finding the right track. From systematic errors in revealing little details, to serious misconceptions about basic facts and principles, we can relatively easily learn how much of "common knowledge" rests actually on superficial research and popular myths. Instead of becoming critical and aware of the traps laid around the issue, both Islamists and Islamophobes fail to...
  • FSB: Alleged Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In North Caucasus

    12/17/2005 3:17:47 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 1,088+ views
    RadioFreeEurope ^ | Dec. 17, 2005 | Interfax
    16 December 2005 -- The head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed today that an alleged Al-Qaeda leader in southern Russia has been killed. Nikolai Patrushev told reporters that Saudi-born Abu Omar al-Seif was killed in the Northern Caucasus republic of Daghestan last month. Al-Seif's death had earlier been reported by Russian media but had not been officially confirmed. The FSB says al-Seif arrived in the Northern Caucasus 10 years ago on the orders of Osama bin Laden. It says he ran the Al-Haramein Islamic Foundation as a cover for setting up a terrorist network in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and...
  • Growth of Islam in Russia Brings Soviet Response

    11/22/2005 8:29:57 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 19 replies · 513+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: November 22, 2005 | By STEVEN LEE MYERS
    CHERKESSK, Russia - Security officials here in Karachayevo-Cherkessia, a restive republic on Russia's mountainous southern border, have a secret list of people who are kept under scrutiny. At a mosque in Nalchik, in the Caucasus, Muslims offer evening prayers. Those who pray outside "official" mosques are often harassed. Muslims in Russia Those on it have committed no crimes, but are considered suspect because they are Muslims who practice Islam outside of the state's sanctioned mosques. Ovod Golayev is on that list. He lives in Karachayevsk, a city nestled in the foothills of the Caucasus, where he works for a tourism...
  • Ex-Guantanamo prisoner detained in Russia

    11/11/2005 8:46:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,365+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/05 | Fatima Tlisova
    NALCHIK, Russia - A man who was held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has been detained on suspicion of involvement in attacks on police last month in southern Russia, a senior prosecutor said Friday. Relatives and lawyers confirmed that Rasul Kudayev, a Russian who was released from Guantanamo last year, had been detained and insisted the charges have been fabricated. Deputy Prosecutor General Nikolai Shepel said witnesses, along with Kudayev's own confessions, confirmed his involvement in preparing and carrying out the Oct. 13 attacks on government and law enforcement offices in Nalchik, the capital of...
  • Putin: Terror rooted in USSR breakup

    11/01/2005 5:06:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 64 replies · 970+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 1, 2005
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday his country's problem with terrorism is rooted in the breakup of the Soviet Union.
  • Mark Steyn: Russia is dying and Islamists will grab parts of the carcass

    10/30/2005 11:04:36 AM PST · by Dundee · 146 replies · 3,248+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 31, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    Mark Steyn: Russia is dying and Islamists will grab parts of the carcass REMEMBER the months before 9/11? The new US President had his first meeting with the Russian President. "I looked the man in the eye and found him very straightforward and trustworthy," George W. Bush said after two hours with Vladimir Putin. "I was able to get a sense of his soul." I'm all for speaking softly and carrying a big stick, but that's way too soft. Some experts started calling Vlad the most Westernised Russian strongman since Peter the Great and cooing about a Russo-American alliance that...
  • Rebellion Creeping Through Caucasus

    10/23/2005 1:38:57 PM PDT · by baseball_fan · 27 replies · 866+ views
    LA Times via Yahoo News ^ | 10/23/05 | Kim Murphy
    GHIMRI, Russia — A dripping and cavernous tunnel, three miles through the belly of the mountain and lighted only by a spindly strand of dim bulbs, marks the entrance to the land of deep gorges and outlaw villages of the Caucasus range. Emerging in the bright daylight on the other side is like entering another world, a Russia that is not Russia. Road signs every few feet are bright green with Arabic script: "There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his prophet." Several dozen signs bear the words of a legendary Caucasian warrior: "He who thinks about consequences...
  • Nearly 30 militants killed in southern Russia this summer

    08/12/2005 9:22:36 AM PDT · by jb6 · 5 replies · 181+ views
    Interfax) ^ | Aug 11 2005
    MOSCOW. Aug 11 (Interfax) - Twenty-nine militants were eliminated and nearly 1,000 wanted criminals were apprehended in a police operation across seven regions of southern Russia this summer, head of the Interior Ministry Forces' press service Col. Vasily Panchenkov told Interfax on Thursday. "Twenty-nine militants were killed during armed resistance to arrest. The police detained 961 wanted criminals, 58 border trespassers and 87 foreigners who broke registration rules. Nine hostages were released," he said. The anti-terrorist operation was held in Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Chechnya and the Stavropol territory. "Interior Ministry Forces commander Col. Gen. Nikolai Rogozhkin supervised...
  • Rebellion spreads into Russia

    05/12/2005 9:59:10 AM PDT · by jb6 · 3 replies · 297+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | May 08, 2005 | Judith Ingram
    VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia — For more than a decade, Russia concentrated its security firepower in Chechnya, and it still has more than 80,000 soldiers and 12,000 police officers there trying to root out bands of Islamic separatists. But the search for militants has expanded all across Russian territories in the North Caucasus Mountains. Hardly a week goes by without news of security sweeps, detentions, skirmishes and killings of reputed militants in the region's villages and towns. Shocked by an attack last June on police posts in Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya, and the bloody school seizure in Beslan in September, Russian security...
  • America’s and Russia’s scan, seek and kill is making Al-Queda run for cover

    02/22/2005 1:39:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,298+ views
    America’s and Russia’s scan, seek and kill is making Al-Queda run for cover – they just cannot take it any more!Al-Queda is getting squeezed from all directions. American forces recent superb performance in Iraq and Afghanistan is making Al-Queda scratch its head. And now report from Russia is equally bad for Al-Queda. Russian forces killed al Qaeda member Abu Dzeit, who was in charge of financing militant activity in southern Russia, the Federal Security Service said on Feb. 21. Dzeit blew himself up after Russian forces searched a house in Ingushetia, finding the entrance to a secret bunker in which...
  • Al Qaeda Member Killed in Ingushetia [Suspect in School Massacre]

    02/21/2005 6:38:42 AM PST · by Coop · 18 replies · 706+ views
    Interfax ^ | 2/21/05 | Unknown
    MOSCOW. Feb 21 (Interfax) - An al Qaeda member known as Abu Dzeit has been killed in the Russian internal republic of Ingushetia. "A joint operation with the Interior Ministry was conducted in a private house in a village in Ingushetia on February 16," spokesman for the Federal Security Service Sergei Ignatchenko told reporters on Monday. "The operation first resulted in the death of two of his accomplices. Abu Dzeit hid in a special bunker built under the house. When the entrance was discovered, he blew himself up," Ignatchenko said. He said investigators identified the body as Abu Dzeit's.
  • Al-Qaida link to school massacre?

    09/06/2004 11:46:05 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 568+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, September 7, 2004
    While Russia marked its first of two official days of mourning, authorities said at least 10 of the 32 supposedly "Chechen" terrorists responsible for the school massacre that killed more than 400 people were actually Arab nationals. The disclosure gives credence to suggestions that the attack was more than an operation by "separatists" involved in a regional struggle for a breakaway republic – it is part of the "global jihad" of Islamists vs. the West, Christianity and Judaism. A statement on the Internet reportedly made by a group loyal to Osama bin Laden's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri backs Russian claims that...
  • Mohammed Atta wanted to fight in Chechnya

    09/06/2004 2:01:52 PM PDT · by News Junkie · 14 replies · 538+ views
    Partisan Newsjunkie ^ | 09/06/04 | Partisan
    After lurking for years, my first post. I've been puzzled by the mainstream media's reticence to link Al Qaeda with the Chechen "separatists" who committed the bloody atrocity this week in the Russian school. Why? As I noted on my blog (Partisan NewsJunkie) today, both Richard Clarke's book "Against All Enemies" and the "9/11 Commission Report" make the link between Al Qeada and Chechnya. In fact, I read yesterday in the Commission report that Mohammed Atta, leader of the 9/11 attacks, and his friends tried to enlist to fight in Chechnya! "...they had formed a close-knit group as students in...
  • 10 of 32 terrorists at Beslan were Arab nationals with Al Qaida ties

    09/06/2004 1:04:58 PM PDT · by FormerACLUmember · 89 replies · 4,738+ views
    WORLD TRIBUNE ^ | Monday, September 6, 2004
    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...
  • SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS: RUSSIA BLAMES BLOODBATH ON AL-QAEDA

    09/06/2004 4:45:27 AM PDT · by kattracks · 88 replies · 2,962+ views
    Daily Record ^ | 9/0604 | Jon Kelly
    RUSSIAN security sources yesterday claimed al-Qaeda masterminded the Beslan bloodbath, using 'puppet' Chechen rebels. They pointed the finger of blame at shadowy al-Qaeda financial chief Abu Omar as-Seyf and Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev. Sergei Markov, an analyst close to the Kremlin, said: 'This is the beginning of a new political-military force joining forces against Russia. 'It is unclear exactly what the force is, but people like Basayev are merely its puppets.' As-Seyf, an Islamic extremist, is a top-ranking al-Qaeda fanatic who intelligence sources believe is Osama bin Laden's man in Chechnya. He is in charge of channelling millions of pounds...
  • Arab mercenaries in Beslan citizens of Syria, Jordan (trained in Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan)

    09/05/2004 11:30:21 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 78 replies · 1,723+ views
    Itar-Tass ^ | Sept. 5, 2004 | Itar-Tass
    BERLIN, September 5 (Itar-Tass) -- Islamists, who took part in the taking of hostages in a secondary school of Beslan, North Ossetia, were citizens of Syria and Jordan, reports Bild am Sonntag with the reference to German secret services. The newspaper said that terrorists from the Magomed Yevloyev group came to Beslan to order of Shamil Basayev. They were drilled in training camps of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. German secret services fear that Russian missions abroad may become targets of Chechen Islamists in the future. For instance, Russian embassies in EU member countries may be attacked, the newspaper said.
  • Al Qaeda’s Dread Touch Falls on Moscow, Beslan, Beersheba...

    09/04/2004 6:40:27 PM PDT · by mastercylinder · 9 replies · 746+ views
    debka.com ^ | September 4, 2004
    It took White House spinmeisters less than a day to get President George W. Bush to modify the astonishing statement he made Monday, August 30, when he told NBC’s Today Show “I don’t think you can win” the war on terror but “you can you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world”. Persuaded to reverse course by the flap his remark stirred during the Republican National Convention in New York, the president said in a speech in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, August 31 “We meet today at...
  • Notorious Chechen Rebel Masterminded School Seige (Al Quaeda!)

    09/03/2004 10:37:19 PM PDT · by Flightdeck · 70 replies · 3,368+ views
    Moscow News ^ | 9/3/04 | Moscow News
    Notorious Chechen Rebel Masterminded School Seige — Report Created: 03.09.2004 19:27 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 19:41 MSK, 13 hours 7 minutes ago MosNews Rebel Chechen leader, Shamil Bassayev, was the mastermind behind the school siege in the North Ossetian town of Beslan, ITAR-TASS news agency reported quoting spokesmen of the Southern Federal District secret service. The operation was organized by Bassayev’s subordinate, Magomet Yevloyev. He is also suspected of having organized the attack in Ingushetia in June. Another infamous Chechen rebel, Doku Umarov, was among the rebels who attacked the school. He was the only one not to wear a...
  • Arabs predominate in Beslan attack - Basayev hostage raid - FSB - Russian Attack funded by al Qaeda

    09/03/2004 2:30:37 PM PDT · by tallhappy · 41 replies · 2,472+ views
    UPI; TASS | 9-3-04 | no by lines
    United Press International September 3, 2004 Friday 13:23 PM Eastern Time LENGTH: 136 words HEADLINE: Arabs predominate in Beslan attack DATELINE: BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 3 (UPI) BODY: The terrorists who killed more than 150 people and injured at least 456 in a southern Russian school include 10 Arabs, Itar-Tass reported Friday. Aslambek Aslakhanov, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin, said the gunmen were of different nationalities, but 10 of them were from Arab countries and one was from an African nation. They are suspected of gaining entrance into Beslan with a truck hijacked in the Mozdok region of North Ossetia...
  • Al-Qaeda link to plane blasts: Putin

    08/31/2004 3:28:16 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies · 692+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31st August 2004
    RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin today linked the downing last week of two passenger airliners to Al-Qaeda. He said this proved the presence of organised international terrorism on Russian soil. "The fact that an international terrorist organization linked to al-Qaeda took responsibility for the blowing up of two planes shows once again the link between destructive elements in Chechnya and international terrorism," Mr Putin said in Sochi, Russia. After talks with French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Mr Putin said Russia would continue to combat separatist forces in Chechnya. But he said Moscow was prepared "to continue dialogue...
  • Bin Laden's man in Chechnya (The Al-Qaeda Links)

    10/27/2002 10:19:26 AM PST · by Andy from Beaverton · 5 replies · 229+ views
    Sunday Herald ^ | 10/27/02 | Trevor Royle
    Bin Laden's man in Chechnya The Al-Qaeda Link By Trevor Royle Talk to any of the Pakistani army commanders fighting al-Qaeda in the tribal territories, and it soon becomes clear that the most feared opponents are from Chechnya. In June, Pakistani soldiers engaged al-Qaeda terrorists in the tribal area of Azam Warsak. In one of the most intense fire-fights of the campaign, 10 Pakistani soldiers were killed fighting two al-Qaeda terrorists, both of them Chechens. Later, Pakistan's Inter-Service public relations agency reported that al-Qaeda casualties had been higher, but difficult terrain had made a head count impossible . The link...
  • 10 Suspected Muslim Terrorists Arrested in Siberia

    06/23/2004 6:00:25 AM PDT · by veronica · 5 replies · 174+ views
    MosNews ^ | 06-23-04
    10 people have been arrested in Tyumen Region, East Siberia over charges of terrorism, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday. The agency cited a source in the regional prosecutor’s office as saying that the 10 people were members of the Hizb-ut-Takhrir-al-Islami party. They were detained in Tyumen and Tobolsk and charged with terrorism and inciting national and religious hatred. The head of the Tyumen Center of Islamic Culture, Marat Saibatallov, and Imam (Muslim cleric) Dmitry Petrichenko are among those detained. On February 14, 2003, Russia’s Supreme Court ruled that the Hizb-ut-Takhrir-al-Islami party was a terrorist organization and banned its...
  • Guantanamo Russians Return Home

    03/01/2004 8:38:55 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 109+ views
    The BBC ^ | March 1, 2004
    Conditions at Guantanamo Bay have been widely condemned Seven Russian citizens who were being held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have returned to Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry says. They are now reported to be in a pre-trial detention centre. The men have been charged with illegally crossing borders, mercenary activity and participating in a criminal group, prosecutors say. The men, who returned on Saturday, were all detained in Afghanistan, but have not been identified. They were handed over after lengthy talks between Washington and Moscow. "The decision to transfer or release a detainee is...
  • U.S. Hands Off Seven Russian Inmates at Guantanamo to Russia

    03/01/2004 8:42:20 AM PST · by Quilla · 1 replies · 117+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | March 1, 2004 | Todd Zeranski
    <p>The U.S. transferred seven Russian inmates from the anti-terrorism prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Russia, the U.S. Defense Department said.</p> <p>The unidentified suspects were handed off to the Russian government ``for continued detention,'' the statement said. The action came after ``extensive discussions'' between the U.S. and Russia, the Pentagon said in an e-mailed statement. It didn't disclose when the transfer took place.</p>
  • West now thinks Russia was right about terror link

    04/27/2003 8:00:54 AM PDT · by miltonim · 9 replies · 192+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Apr. 27, 2003 | SHARON LAFRANIERE
    West now thinks Russia was right about terror link Money from al-Qaida, others goes to Chechnya KARAMAKHI, Russia -Russian officials complained for years, to an often-skeptical West, that their war against rebels in Chechnya was a battle against terrorism. Some terrorism experts now say the West might have erred by dismissing Russia's claims for so long. "Chechnya and the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia partially replaced Afghanistan as a center for terrorist training," said Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert and the author of "Inside al-Qaida." "The initial wave of terrorists who are now coming to Europe trained in Chechnya or Algeria,"...