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  • VIDEO=> MASKED MIGRANTS Chanting “Allahu Akbar” Rally in Germany With Sticks and Pipes

    10/14/2015 5:15:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Jim Hoft
    No worries. Probably just a pep rally… Tensions are high in Celle, Germany after hooded migrants were seen with sticks and pipes, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in a street rally. The Muslim migrants are reportedly from Chechnya. VIDEO=> MASKED MIGRANTS Chanting “Allahu Akbar” Rally in Germany With Sticks and Pipes Jim Hoft Oct 13th, 2015 4:43 pm 180 Comments No worries. Probably just a pep rally… Tensions are high in Celle, Germany after hooded migrants were seen with sticks and pipes, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in a street rally. The Muslim migrants are reportedly from Chechnya. Germany is expecting 1.5 million migrants...
  • Russian police foil 'terror attack' on Moscow after making arrests in city

    10/12/2015 6:55:38 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 17 replies ^ | Monday 12 October 2015 01.22 EDT | Agence France-Presse
    Agence France-Presse Monday 12 October 2015 01.22 EDT Russian police foil 'terror attack' on Moscow after making arrests in city A group of people said to be planning an attack on Moscow have been taken into custody, anti-terrorism forces said, and 4kg of explosives seized Russian police have arrested a group of people they said were planning a terror attack on Moscow, the country’s anti-terrorism committee said. “After a series of investigations by the security services, a group of individuals was arrested in the west of Moscow suspected of planning a terrorist attack on the capital,” the committee was quoted...
  • Who is next in line? Afghanistan wants Russia's help too!!!

    Kabul needs Russian help in the fight against terrorist group "Islamic state". This was announced by the first Vice-President of Afghanistan General Abdul Rashid Dostum following the meeting with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. "Dostum said that ISIS is trying to make its foothold in Afghanistan. To prevent this threat Kabul needs Russian support, as in Syria. We are confident that the Russian leadership will make a positive decision in this matter," — wrote Kadyrov on his social network page. He also said that economic, trade and cultural cooperation was discussed at the meeting. On September 30th, Russian air...
  • Litvinenko: A deadly trail of polonium [poisoned by Putin? now concluding]

    07/28/2015 8:02:19 AM PDT · by ETL · 24 replies
    BBC - Magazine ^ | July 28, 2015
    "The polonium trail started on 16 October 2006 when Litvinenko met Lugovoi and Kovtun in London. ..." "When Lugovoi and Kovtun's movements were mapped against the sites of polonium contamination, there was an exact match. The evidence of guilt was strong. In May 2007, the then Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald announced that Andrei Lugovoi was to be charged with murder and his extradition would be sought from Russia. Kovtun was charged in 2010. ..." Prof Norman Dombey, a physicist who has a deep knowledge of Russian nuclear sites, gave evidence at the public inquiry. Dombey says there is...
  • Islamic Battalions, Stocked With Chechens, Aid Ukraine In War With Rebels

    07/08/2015 5:04:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 34 replies
    NYT ^ | 7 July 2015 | Andrew Kramer
    <p>Even for Ukrainians hardened by more than a year of war here against Russian-backed separatists, the appearance of Islamic combatants, mostly Chechens, in towns near the front lines comes as something of a surprise — and for many of the Ukrainians, a welcome one.</p>
  • Harris-Perry Guest: Don't Execute Tsarnaev—Could Become Spox for Reconciling with Islam

    04/25/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the rotten reasons not to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we'll give the booby prize to the one offered by Paul Raushenbush, a HuffPo religion editor and ordained American Baptist minister. On Melissa Harris-Perry's show today, Raushenbush imagined that in twenty years, Tsarnaev might become "a spokesperson for reconciling Islam with America. We don't know what this life is going to lead to." Anything's possible, but surely Tsarnaev's sentence should not be based on this sort of idle speculation. What made Raushenbush's argument particularly galling was his statement that "the idea of ending any life for any reason is for...
  • 3 Men in Brooklyn Are Charged With Supporting ISIS

    02/25/2015 10:55:01 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 25, 2015 | MARC SANTORA and STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    Three men living in Brooklyn were arrested and charged on Wednesday with providing material support to the Islamic State, a terrorist organization that controls large parts of Iraq and Syria and has been actively recruiting Westerners to its fight. One of the men was arrested early Wednesday morning at Kennedy International Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul and then planned to travel to Syria, according to the authorities. The men were identified as Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov, and Abror Habibov. ... (Excerpted per guidelines)
  • Christian militia takes the war to Islamic State in Syria

    02/24/2015 5:19:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Hassakeh have been involved in fierce fighting with Isil jihadists including Chechens. A Christian militia formed to protect the community as Syria falls apart is fighting its first major battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), attacking across a front in the north-east of the country before being driven back again in a fierce counter-blow. Christian groups said they were checking a report that up to 200 civilians had been kidnapped by Isil jihadists in the fighting and were being held as hostages. A number of fighters from the militia,...
  • Five Russians Held In France On Suspicion Of Plotting Attack

    01/20/2015 6:53:54 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 36 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | jan 20, 2014 | Staff
    Prosecutors in southern France say five Russians from the Chechnya region have been detained on suspicion of preparing an attack. Local prosecutor Yvon Calvet said the suspects were detained January 19 in the town of Beziers near the Mediterranean coast, around 70 kilometers from Montpellier. French media reports say the five are also suspected of hiding a cache of explosives that was found near a stadium in Beziers
  • Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wants to quit his high post to go to help militias in Donbas

    12/16/2014 1:18:18 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies ^ | December 16, 2014
    MOSCOW, December 16 /TASS/. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on Tuesday that he wanted to quit his high state post and leave for Ukraine’s Donbas region to help the local militias, the NTV channel reported on its website. Commenting on initiation of criminal proceedings against him in Ukraine and Kiev’s threats to put him on the international wanted list, Kadyrov told NTV’s “Bez Kupyur” (Without Banknotes) program that they could keep wagging their tongues for as long as they liked. “They can keep saying whatever they like. But I am going to ask the (Russian) president for permission to quit...

    10/11/2014 1:10:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 11, 2014 | by AWR HAWKINS
    ISIS commander Tarkhan Batirashvili--aka, "Omar the Chechen"--warns that Russia will soon be targeted by the Islamist group. According to The Moscow Times, "Batirashvili has gained a fearsome reputation throughout the conflict in Syria." Bloomberg News reports that he now seeks "revenge" on Russia over Moscow's support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He gave voice to plans for this revenge while talking on the phone with his father, who lives in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge. He told his father: "Don't worry dad, I'll come home soon and show the Russians... I have many thousands following me and I'll get more. We'll have...
  • Georgian man stabs sister for not wearing hijab

    10/02/2014 12:18:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    A man from Pankisi Gorge stabbed his sister in the chest with a knife for refusing to wear a hijab. The brother, 35, inflicted 7 wounds on his 33 year old sister, a former police officer. Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge is located in the northeast of the country. The majority here are Kists, a subgroup of Chechens adhering to the Sunni branch of Islam. The wounded woman underwent emergency surgery at the local hospital. His brother was arrested and is under investigation for attempted murder. The stabbed woman worked for several years as a police officer at Duisi police station, but...
  • Chechens a Terrorist Superpower, are Running ISIS, + Will Soon Deliver Retribution to Putin's Russia

    09/18/2014 5:42:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Be it Boston, Ukraine, Afghanistan, or the Middle East:  wherever there's some bloody mess, seems you find Chechens... While I do believe we need to go kill all of the ISIS scum we can find -probably meaning boots on the ground in Iraq/Syria (indirectly and unfortunately allying ourselves with Russian interests there)- and also think that these blood-drunk monsters are on their way to American soil, if not here already- it's the Russians who really have something to worry about. Revenge a dish best served cold: Although Chechnya seems to have been tamed by first Vladimir Putin -now maintained by his back-slapping buddy, the brutal, pro-Kremlin...
  • Chechens: Dozens of Those Killed in Battle in Ukraine Have Been Delivered [Home]

    05/30/2014 5:05:37 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 5 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 5/30/2014 | Aleksandr Ivanov
    Chechen Residents: Dozens of Those Killed in Battle in Ukraine Have Been Delivered to the Republic. Local residents say that several dozen residents of Chechnya, who took part in the fighting in Ukraine and died in the Donetsk region, have been brought back to their homeland in the last few days, giving numbers from 35 to 40-45 dead. The Republic’s security agencies declined to comment on these reports, writes a correspondent for Caucasian Knot. Caucasian Knot has reported that, following the change of power in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia, clashes broke out in the towns of...
  • Fighting in Ukraine Escalates as Militia Groups Flock to Donetsk

    05/27/2014 4:44:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 58 replies ^ | May 27, 2014 | Harriet Salem
    "Our president [Ramzan Kadyrov] gave the order. They called us and we came,” 33-year-old Zelimhan tells VICE News. The bearded fighter, a member of a unit known as the “Wild Division,” says he arrived a week ago with 34 Chechen men who volunteered to come and support their “brothers” in the People’s Republic of Donetsk. Russia and the authorities of the rebel republic have repeatedly denied allegations that foreign groups are crossing into Ukraine to fight alongside the rebels. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has said that the country is under “undisguised aggression” from Moscow, which is “exporting foreign terrorism” to the...
  • Russians Importing CHECHEN Soldiers to Sew Further Chaos in Eastern Ukraine?

    05/06/2014 7:30:31 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 May 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Today's combat in and near Slovyansk between Russian-backed insurgents and Ukranian military personnel resulted in 30 insurgent/terrorist dead, according to a Ukranian government statement... But the interesting thing is that Chechen soldiers were amongst the 'rebels' killed in the battle for a key checkpoint north of the city- what the hell are they doing there? Furthermore, local Ukrainians taped 'rebels' who just appeared manning another ('pro-Russian) checkpoint who were speaking a strange foreign language that was clearly not Slavic...  [video/graphics] Earlier reports also had some Transdniestrans -from a breakaway strip of Moldova that wants to be annexed by Russia- showing up...
  • Is NATO ready for Russia’s new-generation warfare?

    05/05/2014 6:19:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Lithuania Tribune ^ | May 4, 2014 | Edward Lucas
    War in Western eyes involves an orderly sequence of ultimatums, declarations of war, invasions, counterattacks, second and third fronts, and finally a negotiated surrender, payment of reparations and a new territorial settlement. Annoyingly, Vladimir Putin is not following that script Edward Lucas writes. The Latvian defence analyst Jānis Bērziņš has written an excellent new paper (available at outlining Russia’s approach to “new-generation warfare”, based on analysis of material in the Russian military press. He argues that the new frontline in this kind of conflict is mental, not physical. Russia uses psychological warfare, intimidation, bribery, and propaganda to undermine resistance...
  • Mixing oil and terrorism: Apparent Moscow-Riyadh rapprochement is paper thin

    09/27/2003 2:10:53 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Russia challenging Saudi Arabia’s dominance in world energy market Oil will be high on the agenda at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s weekend summit meeting with George W. Bush at Camp David ­ Russian oil for US consumers, to reduce dependence on Saudi Arabia. Across the globe in Beijing, Putin’s prime minister, Mikhail Kasyanov, this week haggled with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jaibao, on building a 2,400-kilometer, $2.5 billion oil pipeline from Siberia to China, which is crying out for energy to fuel its burgeoning economy. Saudi oil may be far cheaper to produce, but a steady supply from Russia is...
  • Obama-backed Syrian jihadists behead people in front of large cheering crowd (Caution: GRAPHIC)

    06/27/2013 10:28:46 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | June 26, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Imagine if these savages win ..... Golem writes: Execution in Idlib by Jabhat al-Nusra. Victims are apparently "Sunni supporter of Al-Assad". The white jihadists are Chechens and perhaps Dagestani judging from their Russian accents. The same ethnicity as the Boston bombers, if you remember the younger bomber on his vkontakte page had web videos supporting jihad in Syria. The most disturbing aspect is all the little children there cheering people being beheaded.
  • Terror Expert: al-Qaida Brand Strong As Ever

    05/02/2013 8:42:50 PM PDT · by Fred · 5 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 050213 | David Yonkman
    The al-Qaida brand continues to influence terror operations in different corners of the world even as U.S. Special Forces and drone attacks weaken its core leadership, a terror specialist told Newsmax. “The ideology that they’ve created continues to inspire people,” said Bruce Hoffman, a terror specialist at Georgetown University. “The spread of franchises is indicative of the fact that the brand of al-Qaida today is as strong as it’s ever been.” The organization has changed tactics and has revived or started terror franchises in Iraq, Syria, across Northern Africa, and in Nigeria. It is now more active and in more...
  • Your tax dollars fund ethnic cleansing of Christians Read more at

    05/02/2013 8:39:40 PM PDT · by Fred · 5 replies
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 050213 | William J. Murray
    On April 22, two Orthodox bishops of Aleppo, Syria, were kidnapped by U.S.-supported Islamist fighters. Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Boulos Yaziji were kidnapped as they were returning from an attempt to obtain the release of two priests previously kidnapped. The priests, Father Michel Kayyal, an Armenian Catholic, and Father Maher Mahfouz, a Greek Orthodox, were kidnapped in February and still remain in the hands of the Islamist fighters the Western media refer to as “rebels.” In a Huffington Post article, Orthodox priest Peter-Michael Preble said of the two kidnapped bishops: “They were on a mission...
  • Al Qaeda on march across the globe - Two years after SEALs got bin Laden

    05/02/2013 8:28:13 PM PDT · by Fred · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 050213 | Peter Brookes
    Two years ago today, SEAL Team Six sent Osama bin Laden on his way to Davy Jones’ Locker — but his Islamist terror machine is anything but sinking to the depths. It remains a vicious, global threat. Since Osama’s demise, the terror group’s strength has ebbed in some areas, but flowed strongly in others. Indeed, one current estimate concludes that al Qaeda affiliates and associates (i.e., groups, cells or operatives) are active in more than 30 countries (of some 190) on four continents. Including our continent. While we don’t yet know the whole story behind the Boston bombing, just last...
  • Be Aware & Prepared

    05/02/2013 11:21:22 AM PDT · by Bill Russell · 15 replies ^ | 5/2/2013 | William Russell
    As the fallout from the Boston bombing continues, Americans are coming to terms with the realities of the terrorist threats we are facing in our country. Part of this is adopting a prepared mindset to meet the threats where they occur. The Chechens are here. So are Muslims from Dagestan, Albania, and Bosnia. Much has been made in the press about the more Caucasian look of the Tsarnaev brothers. But what sets the radicalized segments of these ethnic groups apart from their Middle Eastern counterparts, is not so much the racial aspects of their ethnicities, but the way they fight....
  • Chechens in the US feel exposed and embarassed

    04/21/2013 11:25:24 PM PDT · by Cronos · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 20 Apr 2013 | Michael Swirtz
    Ali Tepsurkaev was at work on a construction site in Nantucket when his boss approached him to deliver the news: the two prime suspects had been identified as ethnic Chechens “I was so upset, I couldn’t work,” said Mr. Tepsurkaev, Until a few days ago, most Chechens in the United States lived largely anonymous lives. Few Americans even knew what and where Chechnya was. Now, two Chechen brothers are at the center of one of the most serious terrorist attacks on the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. While the motivations behind the bombings are still unknown, the attack has...
  • North Caucasus Rebels Deny Connection To Boston Bombing

    04/21/2013 5:14:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    InSerbia ^ | Sunday, April 21st, 2013 | M. Stoiljkovic
    A website prominently used by Russia’s North Caucasus rebels on Sunday denied any connection to the Boston Marathon bombings that have been blamed on two ethnic-Chechen suspects. “The command of the Vilayat Dagestan mujaheddin… declares that the Caucasus fighters are not waging any military activities against the United States of America. We are only fighting Russia,” the website said in an official statement. The main suspects in the Boston bombings were Tsarnaev brothers, and police is still investigation any possible connections with known rebel and terrorist groups. Police and FBI are still conducting an investigation if the brothers acted...
  • North Caucasus Rebels Deny Link to Boston Attack ( We Kill Much Better )

    04/21/2013 9:54:16 AM PDT · by STD · 37 replies
    Google ^ | 04/21/13 | Dmitry Zaks
    North Caucasus rebels deny link to Boston attack By Dmitry Zaks (AFP) – 1 hour ago MOSCOW, Russia — A prominent rebel group from Russia's North Caucasus on Sunday denied any link to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings that have been blamed on two ethnic-Chechen suspects.
  • 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.
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – 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.
  • Chechen President blames AMERICA for Boston bomb suspects' acts of evil ,,,,

    04/19/2013 11:11:50 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    mail online ^ | 4/19/2013 | By MATT BLAKE
    Chechnya's Russian-backed president has hit out at America for killing one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers and blamed the US for moulding them into terrorists. Chechen-born Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died from gunshot wounds and possible blast injuries after a fierce gun battle rocked the Watertown area of Boston hours after a police officer was shot dead at the nearby MIT campus. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokha, fled the shoot out and is on the run, reportedly having strapped explosives to his body. But President Ramzan Kadyrov, a former Chechen rebel himself, told US authorities that 'any attempt to draw a...
  • 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
  • Chechen Terrorists Probed (border problems from 2004)

    04/19/2013 7:32:57 AM PDT · by abishai · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 13 2004
    U.S. security officials are investigating a recent intelligence report that a group of 25 Chechen terrorists illegally entered the United States from Mexico in July. The Chechen group is suspected of having links to Islamist terrorists seeking to separate the southern enclave of Chechnya from Russia, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports. Members of the group, said to be wearing backpacks, secretly traveled to northern Mexico and crossed into a mountainous part of Arizona that is difficult for U.S. border security agents to monitor, said officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. The intelligence report was supplied to the...
  • Two U.S. Airmen Killed in Shooting at Germany's Frankfurt Airport

    03/02/2011 12:01:15 PM PST · by Mozilla · 73 replies
    foxnews ^ | 3-2-11 | Associated Press
    The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, according to Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt. The bus driver and a passenger were killed, and one person suffered serious wounds and another light injuries, he said. A source tells Fox News that the shooter yelled "Allah Akbar" when opening fire on the U.S. military personnel. He then dropped his gun at the scene, ran into the terminal and was subdued. U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen. They were all based at the Lakenheath military base in Britain. A...
  • Moscow airport bomb: suicide bombers were part of squad trained in Pakistan

    01/26/2011 5:28:34 PM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 26, 2010 | Andrew Osborn
    Russian security services warned in December that there were two attack teams primed to carry out attacks, sparking fears there could still be terrorists at large who were prepared to carry out another attack. Intelligence sources said that one of the squads was likely to have established a base, at a house in Moscow, where the suicide belts to be used in attacks were assembled. Russian security sources said yesterday that a male and female suicide bomber from the Black Widow brigades had carried out the bombing together. The attack had been closely supervised by three accomplices, who had watched...
  • Was Moscow saved from disaster by a text message?

    01/26/2011 4:02:00 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 15 replies
    Moskovsky Komsomolets ^ | January 26th, 2011 | MK reporters
    ‘MK’ was in the terrorists’ lair to find out why the New Year’s Eve attack failed A terrorist attack on Moscow had been planned since the beginning of November, security service sources told ‘MK’. A blast was planned for the night of December 31st-January 1st, at the scene of the most popular New Year’s Eve celebrations, but the blast took place early, within a few hours of the festive midnight. According to one theory it was by shear luck: Spam – A Happy New Year greeting from the phone company - was sent to the suicide bomber’s cell phone. The...
  • Travel Alert [Europe]

    10/03/2010 1:28:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Travel Alert U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Europe October 3, 2010 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions. Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation...
  • Women targeted in Chechnya

    08/22/2010 11:09:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 22, 2010
    Many women in Russia's volatile Chechnya region said on Friday they had been harassed and some physically harmed by bands of men for not wearing head scarves during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Against the backdrop of a spreading Islamist insurgency, many fear that growing interest in radical Islam could fuel separatism in the volatile North Caucasus, where the Kremlin watches uneasily as sharia law eclipses Russian. Residents and witnesses told Reuters that bearded men in traditional Islamic dress have been roaming the streets both on foot and in cars since Ramadan started on Aug. 11, demanding bare-headed women...
  • U.S. missile strike kills 12 militants in Pakistan

    08/14/2010 8:42:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    al Reuters ^ | 8/14/2010
    A pilotless U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan, an al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary on the Afghan border, killing at least 12 militants on Saturday, intelligence officials said. The United States has intensified missile strikes by drone aircraft in Pakistan's lawless Pashtun tribal lands in an effort to curb violence in Afghanistan, much of which U.S. officials say comes from militant sanctuaries on the Pakistani side. Most of the missile attacks this year were carried out on militant targets in North Waziristan region. In the latest strike, the missiles hit a house used by militants as a...
  • Teenage bride of Islamist militant named as 'Black Widow' suicide bomber

    04/02/2010 5:44:26 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 21 replies · 880+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 2, 2010 | Tony Halpin
    The 17-year-old bride of an Islamist militant was named today as one of the “Black Widow” suicide bombers who killed 39 people in the Moscow Metro. Investigators believe that Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova blew herself up at the Lubyanka station, close to the headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), in revenge for the killing of her husband, Kommersant newspaper reported. It published a photograph of the teenager exuding childish defiance as she brandished a pistol in black Islamic dress next to her husband, Umalat Magomedov. He was killed on New Year’s Eve in a shoot-out with police in his native Dagestan....
  • Russia's Czar Wars Aren't Over

    03/31/2010 6:34:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 418+ views ^ | March 31, 2010 | Austin Bay
    Monday's attacks on Moscow's subways provide an odious reminder of the Russian empire's post-Cold War instability and the Russian government's severe internal challenges. As this column goes to press, no organization has claimed responsibility for the attacks that left 39 dead and scores wounded, though Russian commentators and international analysts suspect Islamist-inspired separatists in the northern Caucasus region planned and executed the terror strikes. Russian security forces are fighting guerrilla and terrorist cells based in troubled Caucasus political fragments like Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya. Islamist separatist groups from these areas have used "the woman-delivered weapon" in previous attacks on Russian...
  • 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 train disaster was terrorist attack - investigators

    11/28/2009 6:56:42 AM PST · by george76 · 127 replies · 5,374+ views
    AFP ^ | November 29, 2009
    RUSSIAN investigators have confirmed that the derailment of a passenger train which killed dozens of people was caused by a "terrorist attack", the Interfax news agency reported. "We are indeed talking about a terrorist attack," Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia's federal investigative committee... Investigators have found "elements of an explosive device" at the site...
  • Our Selective Moral Outrage: Why does Israel face more opprobrium than Russia?

    04/24/2009 4:29:50 PM PDT · by rmlew · 11 replies · 471+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 21, 2009 | BRET STEPHENS
    Few places on earth have been as systematically brutalized over the past decade as Chechnya. So you might have thought that the Russian government's decision last week to declare an end to its "counterterrorism" operations in the territory would have been an occasion for somber reflection in the Western media. Forget it. It's a 600-word news item at best. Here's a contrast to ponder. Since the beginning of the second intifada in the autumn of 2000, roughly 6,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. That figure includes combatants, as well as those killed in January's fighting in Gaza. As...
  • More Moscow Murder Two critics of Vladimir Putin take bullets in the head.

    01/23/2009 10:53:54 AM PST · by Crazieman · 23 replies · 345+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2009
    ANOTHER RUSSIAN fighting for human rights and the rule of law has been murdered in Vladimir Putin's Moscow. Stanislav Markelov, a lawyer who defended Chechens brutalized by Russian troops and journalists who wrote about the abuses, was shot in the head yesterday by a masked man carrying a silencer-equipped pistol. An opposition journalist who tried to intervene, Anastasia Baburova, was also fatally shot in the head. This occurred in broad daylight, on a busy street in central Moscow less than half a mile from the Kremlin. It was another demonstration that assassinations are a dominating feature of political life under...
  • Kremlin recognition risks "domino effect" at home

    08/27/2008 11:01:16 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 172+ views
    Reuters ^ | 27 Aug 2008 | Christian Lowe
    The Kremlin's decision to recognise the independence of two breakaway regions of neighbouring Georgia has prompted some people inside Russia's own borders to ask: why can we not have independence too? The recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia risks starting a "domino effect," re-awakening separatist sentiments in Chechnya and other parts of the turbulent North Caucasus where Russia has been fighting to contain rebellions. ... Russia's FSB domestic security service said last week it expected a surge in activity by separatist and Islamist militants in the North Caucasus. "DOUBLE STANDARDS" Some Chechens expressed bitterness on Wednesday that Russia had backed...
  • Chechen Commander Fired After Ossetia Tour

    08/24/2008 6:18:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 718+ views ^ | 25 August 2008 | Svetlana Osadchuk
    Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has dismissed former Vostok battalion leader Sulim Yamadayev, a powerful former Chechen rebel at odds with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, after he fought Georgian troops in South Ossetia, a source in the Chechen administration said Friday. Serdyukov signed an order discharging Yamadayev, who had a federal warrant out for his arrest on murder charges but, in murky circumstances, ended up fighting with Russian troops in their defeat of Georgian forces over control of Tskhinvali, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with the media. The order...
  • U.S. Entangled in Mystery of Georgia's Islamic Fighters (posted in June, 2003)

    06/16/2003 3:00:32 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 35 replies · 490+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 15, 2003 | DEXTER FILKINS
    ANKISI GORGE, Georgia, June 11 — For months, local residents say, the group of 15 Arab and Central Asian fighters lived quietly in a two-story house here, among the hundreds of guerrillas who had turned this wooded vale near the Russian border into a burgeoning center of Islamic militancy. Like many of those who gathered here, the fighters had come over the snowy passes from Chechnya, where they had been helping their fellow Muslims in their struggle to break with the Russian republic. They exercised to stay in shape and went into the woods to practice shooting. Some of the...

    08/19/2008 5:43:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 67 replies · 945+ views ^ | August 18, 2008 | Ralph Peters
    OVER the weekend, photographic proof emerged that the Russians used mur derous Chechen mercenaries to do their dirtiest dirty work in Georgia: The ragtag unit in question is so vicious that, last April, Chechnya's Russian-installed "president" demanded it be disbanded. War snaps taken by Russian photojournalist Arkady Babchenko have been circulating among intelligence personnel. The shots reveal far more to the West than Babchenko realized. Amid photos of the horrors of war, grateful South Ossetians and triumphant Russian troops, one series leapt out at me as a former intel officer: Bearded irregulars riding atop Russian-built armored vehicles (old BMPs, for...
  • Amid promise of peace, Georgians live in terror (Russian Militia Accused of Rape and Looting)

    08/14/2008 4:54:39 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 27 replies · 136+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 14 Aug 08 | Luke Harding
    Russian paramilitaries on the road towards Tbilisi. The Russian army left Gori in convoy and stopped about 30 miles from the city. The first armoured personnel carrier nudged past the top of the hill. It paused as if getting its bearings, and then set off towards Tbilisi. Behind it, an endless column of Russian military vehicles appeared on a shimmering horizon - trucks, tankers, and a beaten-up Nissan. ..................................... Where was he from? "Chechnya. We've come here to help," he said. For the terrified residents of Gori and surrounding villages, it didn't seem like help. Yesterday morning, as the...
  • Ramzan Kadyrov’s Georgian war

    08/18/2008 11:41:16 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 148+ views ^ | August 17th 2008 | Dzhambulat Are
    Kadyrov decided to make a suitable contribution to the anti-Georgian campaign which in Russia has acquired the character of a mass psychosis. The head of Chechnya would not be worthy of the name if he did not outdo in extravagance and hooliganism the Georgian leadership’s most savage critic, Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Back in his native village of Khosi-Yurt, Kadyrov assembled journalists and made several statements. He proposed that Mikheil Saakashvili be sent to the Beijing Olympics as a sprinter, with the explanation that when hiding from a Russian jet fighter the Georgian president had managed to do so with unbelievable swiftness....
  • Georgian villages burned and looted as Russian tanks advance

    08/13/2008 4:33:57 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 46 replies · 147+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 13, 2008 | Luke Harding and James Meikle
    Villages in Georgia were being burned and looted as Russian tanks followed by "irregulars" advanced from the breakaway province of South Ossetia, eyewitnesses said today. "People are fleeing, there is a mood of absolute panic. The idea there is a ceasefire is ridiculous," Luke Harding, the Guardian's correspondent, said. Russia denied any advance, however Georgian authorities claimed that about 50 tanks and armoured vehicles were near the strategically important town of Gori. Harding, watching villages near Gori burn, said witnesses had told him Russian military, including at least 25 tanks, had moved from the Russian-controlled South Ossetia into the villages....