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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...
  • 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,”...
  • Think you know about slavery? You don’t.

    07/02/2015 4:03:37 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 24 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-02-15 | DrJohn
      Certain things tend to set off triggers in you. For me it was Don Lemon- when he joined the flag-damning freaking idiot liberal lemmings in their bloodlust considering the removal of the Jefferson memorial: CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday hinted that there will come a day when the United States will have to "rethink" tributes such as the Jefferson Memorial. After a contentious segment with Ben Jones, in which the former Congressman defended the Confederate flag, Legal View host Ashley Banfield brought up the author of the Declaration of Independence. She reminded, "There is a monument of him in...
  • Newspaper: Iran-linked operatives attempted to assassinate U.S., Israeli diplomats

    05/28/2012 4:49:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    JTA ^ | May 28, 2012 | unattributed, Washington Post
    Operatives linked to Iran tried to kill foreign diplomats, including Israelis and Americans, in at least seven countries over 13 months, the Washington Post reported. New evidence uncovered by investigators in four countries linked the assassination attempts to either Iran-backed Hezbollah militants or operatives based inside Iran, the Post reported Monday, citing U.S. and Middle Eastern security officials. The officials reportedly said that the assassination attempts stopped in early spring, when Iran began to take a softer tone with the West. Shortly after, Iranian officials formally accepted a proposal to resume negotiations with six world powers on proposals to limit...
  • The Mysterious Dolmens of the Caucasus

    06/17/2014 10:56:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 6-17-2014 | April Holloway
    The Western Caucasus, extending over 275,000 ha of the extreme western end of the Caucasus mountains and located 50 km north-east of the Black Sea, is one of the few large mountain areas of Europe that has not experienced significant human impact. Yet dotted within the pristine landscape are thousands of ancient megalithic structures built many millennia ago. Archaeologists do not know who built them, where the stones came from, or what their true purpose was, leading to much speculation in the scientific community.The Russians call the megalithic structures dolmens, which means ‘portal tomb’, but despite the name, there is...
  • Bizarre, elongated skulls found in Siberia

    03/12/2009 11:00:58 AM PDT · by BGHater · 65 replies · 3,209+ views
    Digitial Journal ^ | 28 Feb 2009 | Adriana Stuijt
    This one-minute video shows skulls dating from the 4th century AD, excavated near Omsk, Siberia by Russian archeologists. They show a prominent deformation which they said was created by skull clamping or binding of newborns crania. Archeologists deem these too strange to be publicly displayed in the city museum. From the front the skulls look like that of a normal human, but when turned to the side it's clear that this is not the case. The skulls are grossly elongated. Scholars at the Omsk Museum of History and Culture have no conclusive answer as to the origins of these skulls,...
  • EU to Georgia: Gay Marriage Not a Requirement for Integration

    03/17/2014 11:22:07 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    Eurasianet.org ^ | 03/04/2014 | Giorgi Lomsadze
    With the Ukrainian crisis in mind, the top European Union official in charge of EU enlargement arrived in Tbilisi on March 4 to underline that Brussels is considering a host of measures to support Georgia’s eagerness for closer ties with the EU and to help resist potential pressure from Russia. Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle spoke generally of economic aid and support for Georgia’s struggle to preserve its territorial integrity, but keeping an eye out for renewed Russian pressure on Georgia does not just apply to these areas. It also appears to mean convincing skeptical Georgians...
  • Islamist rebel vows "maximum force" to stop Sochi Olympics

    07/03/2013 11:54:13 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 5 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | July 3, 2013 | Thomas Groove
    MOSCOW, July 3 (Reuters) - Russian Islamist rebel leaders urged their fighters on Wednesday to use "maximum force" to prevent President Vladimir Putin staging the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In an online video recorded in a forest, Doku Umarov said an order not to attack Russian targets outside the North Caucasus had been cancelled and likened holding the Games in the Black Sea city to performing "Satanic dances" on the graves of Muslims killed fighting Russian forces there in the 19th century. Umarov sat wearing camouflage fatigues and a cap in front of a black jihadist flag, flanked...
  • Canadian jihadi under interrogation told Russians about Tamerlan Tsarnaev; they then told FBI

    05/04/2013 5:51:31 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 11 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 5/4/2013 | Pamela Geller
    Canadian jihadi under interrogation told Russians about Tamerlan Tsarnaev; they then told FBI (full title) Epic failure. Obama scrubbed our counter terror materials and manuals of jihad, so what would you expect to happen? Even in the wake of the blood and carnage, Eric Holder is admonishing Jews to be tolerant of Islam and warning of "anti-Muslim backlash." That's his takeaway. Canadian jihadi under interrogation told Russians about Tamerlan Tsarnaev; they then told FBI Jihadwatch And the FBI did nothing to stop the Boston Marathon jihad bombing. They received the warning but did nothing, because it had to do with...
  • Chechnya: Republic of Contrasts (RT Documentary)

    04/24/2013 12:36:02 PM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 4-19-2013 | RussiaToday
    Published on Apr 19, 2013 Russia's Republic of Chechnya has undergone a revival after two military operations in its recent post-Soviet history. Today, the region is home one of the largest mosques in Europe, hosts international celebrities and even is trying its hand at high fashion. RT explores this republic of contrasts to look at how the Chechen people have struck a balance between tradition and modernity. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow...
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Security Will Be Beefed Up...

    04/21/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 10:10AM BST 16 Apr 2013 | By Telegraph Sport, and agencies
    SNIPPET: "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say Russian sports officials said they will beef up security at forthcoming sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others." "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say" SNIPPET: "The World Athletics Championship takes place in Moscow on Aug 10-18, and the event is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort...
  • Dagestani jihadist group issues statement on Boston bombings

    04/21/2013 8:12:34 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 16 replies
    Vilayat Dagestan, a jihadist group that is part of the Caucasus Emirate, an al Qaeda-linked group operating in the North Caucasus, has issued a statement on the Boston Marathon bombings. The group released the statement on its main website earlier today, citing "speculation" in the press that one of the bombers "could be affiliated with the mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate, in particular, the mujahideen of Dagestan." The statement has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. The organization's statement references Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two brothers responsible for the bombings, who reportedly traveled to Dagestan and Chechnya last year....
  • April 16, 2009. The End of the Second Chechen War. 4 years ago yesterday.

    04/17/2013 9:53:16 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 10 replies
  • Georgia acknowledged launching war in 2008

    04/15/2013 12:51:46 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Pravda ^ | 15.04.2013 | Anton Krivenyuk
    Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili admitted responsibility of Georgia for the outbreak of the war in August of 2008. He stated that the actions of the authorities of the country before crossing the border of Georgia by Russian forces were inadequate. This statement will have tangible consequences, first of all, for President Mikhail Saakashvili. "The political noose" around the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's neck is getting tighter. He is not yet being investigated, but the new authorities have already talked about the possibility of his interrogation about the events of 2008. The country may begin a new investigation into...
  • Moscow will host Georgian-Russian business forum

    04/15/2013 12:18:32 AM PDT · by cunning_fish
    The Georgian Times ^ | 2013.04.08 11:51
    Georgian-Russian business forum will take place in Moscow today. According to the head of the center of Cooperation between Russia and Georgia Giorgi Seturidze the forum is held on the initiative of the Russian partners, informs Geotimes.ge. From the Georgian side in a forum take the representatives of the Banking Association of Georgia, Georgian wine exporters Association, the airlines' Airzena ", the representatives of tourism companies and others. The Forum is held in order to achieve the economic successes. It will consist of two parts. The first part is intended for the presentation of the Georgian side, during which will...
  • Lame Duck Georgian President Saakashvili Just Got Plucked

    03/27/2013 12:53:07 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 17 replies
    The Georgian Times ^ | March 26, 2013
    On March 21, the Georgian Parliament passed constitution amendment limiting presidential powers with the vast majority of votes. Georgian President Mikhael Saakashvili will no longer be able to sack the Georgian Parliament with one swift stroke now that the amendment was passed with 135 votes. People have been wondering who was going to win the big showdown in the Georgian Parliament on March 21, 2013. Well, it depends on who you ask and still there are those who think Saakashvili's ability to land on his feet is like a cat. No doubt Saakashvili will try to make a big thing...
  • Why the West Can't Do Business With Iran (Important read)

    01/18/2013 3:53:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Standpoint Mag. ^ | January/February 2013 | AMIR TAHERI
    -excerpt- As far as the Islamic Republic is concerned, anti-Americanism may be even more important than professing Islam. This is why Tehran has forged close ties with the handful of regimes across the globe that, each for a reason of its own, shares that visceral hatred of the US. -exceprt- In the dispute over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Iran supported Christian Armenia against Shia Muslim Azerbaijan. The reason was Armenia's close ties with Russia, while Azerbaijan had become an ally of the US and established full diplomatic ties with Israel. What mattered for the Khomeinist regime was not Islam but...
  • Georgian Government Warns Of Russian Build Up As Election Nears

    10/12/2012 10:22:40 AM PDT · by edpc · 5 replies
    The Cable ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | Josh Rogin
    As Georgians head to the polls Monday, analysts are warning that rising tensions could boil over just as the Russian military is conducting exercises near the de facto border line, a situation the Georgia government is worried Moscow could exploit. "We hope it will be made clear to Russia that a military invasion into Georgia with the goal of destroying Georgia's sovereignty, which is still the goal of the Kremlin, will have a huge at minimum political price for Russia in its relationship with Western powers," Georgia's National Security Advisor Giga Bokeria told The Cable in a phone interview from...