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  • America as the Protector of Putin, Assad, and Khamenei

    11/27/2013 8:12:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/2013 | Shoshana Bryen
    When protests broke out in Syria in late 2011, Russia hoped for a short, nasty war as a matter of Russian national interest -- just enough to put the Muslim Brotherhood and assorted Sunnis in their place. Violence from its own Sunni Muslim population has plagued Russia for decades. Saudi Arabia took over the defeated nationalist Chechen rebellion in the late 1990s, infusing it with money and Islamist overtones, prompting the second Chechen war. More recently, there has been open fighting and rioting in Moscow between Muslims and Slavs. Iran counted on a short war as well -- something to...
  • Osama's 9/11 anniversary (A Must Read!)

    But what does the newly released tape tell us? Was 9/11 a result of American support for Israel? Or the presence of our troops in Saudi Arabia, or the U.N. embargo of Iraq -- the grievances that bin Laden himself in 1998 cited as grounds for murdering Americans? Not according to two of the captioned "Martyrs of the Manhattan Raid," who spoke freely in this newly released tape. Saudi nationals Hamza al-Ghamdi (who helped crash Flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center) and Wail al-Shehri (who joined Mohammed Atta on Flight 11 to topple the North...
  • Upheaval in Nalchik: New Directions in the Chechen Insurgency

    11/05/2005 8:49:44 PM PST · by Wiz · 5 replies · 324+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 2005 Nov 3 | Andrew McGregor
    When Abdul-Khalim Sadulaev succeeded the late Aslan Maskhadov as the leader of the Chechen resistance, he was initially described by Russian sources as an Arab and a representative of al-Qaeda. Even after it was shown that the new President was a Chechen, many observers suggested that the presidency of the Islamic scholar would function merely as a rubber-stamp for the terrorist ambitions of warlord Shamil Basaev, Arab fighter Abu Hafs and others. Contrary to these expectations, the young President has moved the Chechen resistance away from terrorism and any potential association with al-Qaeda. Military operations are the order of the...
  • RUSSIA: Islamic Terrorists Move Beyond Chechnya

    07/03/2005 12:18:51 PM PDT · by Wiz · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 2005 Jul 3
    July 3, 2005: The "Shariat Group in Dagestan," took credit for the July 1st bombing, and promised many more if Russia did not get out of Dagestan. The group wants to establish an Islamic state in the Caucasus.
  • Russia: Pro-Moscow Chechen Official Confirms Atrocities

    06/18/2005 2:46:49 AM PDT · by Wiz · 29 replies · 444+ views
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | 2005 Jun 17 | Robert Parsons
    A leading human rights official in the Russian-backed administration in Chechnya says tens of thousands of Chechen civilians have disappeared since 1999. Nurdi Nukhazhiev said that many of the accusations made by human rights groups against the Russian armed forces -- among them that they have targeted civilians – were true. He said there was not a single Chechen family that had not suffered in the first and second Chechen wars. Prague, 17 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- There is nothing new in these accusations. They have been made -- and ignored -- countless times by every human rights agency that...
  • Who is making Russian torture footage [of Chechens]?

    05/17/2005 2:43:56 AM PDT · by Wiz · 10 replies · 551+ views
    The spokesman for the Russian forces in Chechnya, Maj. Gen. Ilya Shabalkin, has charged that Chechen militants based in Baku, Azerbaijan, are manufacturing videocassettes purportedly showing Russian troops torturing Chechen civilians. Shabalkin specifically charged the Society of Prisoners of Filtration Camps of the Republic Ichkeria on May 10 of producing the videotapes. Azerbaijan national security ministry official Arif Babayev has rejected Shabalkin's allegations as false. Meanwhile, prominent Azerbaijani human-rights activist Eldar Zeynalov said that while some Chechens might be in Baku to produce such video footage, the Chechen underground film producers would need access to a fully stocked film studio,...
  • It Was Christians Targeted In Beslan Russia

    09/04/2004 12:53:36 PM PDT · by KriegerGeist · 41 replies · 9,580+ views
    Assist News Service ^ | September 3, 2004 | Various
    RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN CHILDREN HELD HOSTAGE By Michael Ireland Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service September 1, 2004 BESLAN, RUSSIA (ANS) -- Russian Ministries of Wheaton, Illinois, has issued an urgent call to prayer regarding the siege of School #1 today in Beslan, Russia, by Chechen rebels. Approximately 20 rebels are holding 400 people hostage including teachers, children, and some parents. Hostage children include those of two evangelical workers trained by Russian Ministries and many other children who recently returned from a Russian Ministries' summer camp. All of the hostages are being held in the gymnasium, with children placed in the windows...
  • Qatar Court Jails Russians Over Chechen Killing(Russian Spies Kills a Chechen Leader)

    06/30/2004 8:20:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 357+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/30/04 | Andrew Hammond
    Qatar Court Jails Russians Over Chechen Killing Wed Jun 30, 6:37 AM ET By Andrew Hammond DOHA (Reuters) - A court in Qatar sentenced two Russian spies on Wednesday to life imprisonment for killing a Chechen rebel leader in the Gulf state and said Moscow was behind the assassination. Judge Ibrahim al-Nisf said the two men, Anatoly Belashkov and Vassily Bogachev, acted on orders from Moscow. "The Russian leadership issued an order to assassinate the former Chechen leader (Zelimkhan) Yandarbiyev," he said. "The plan was discussed at Russian intelligence headquarters in Moscow." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied the two...
  • Radical Islam Influencing Chechen Rebels

    02/09/2004 2:28:33 PM PST · by wolicy_ponk · 3 replies · 102+ views
    My Way (AP) ^ | Feb 9, 2:30 PM (ET) | JUDITH INGRAM
    MOSCOW (AP) - A Saudi-born warrior so zealously Muslim that he's traumatized by even touching nonbelievers has risen to the top echelon of rebels in Chechnya, Russian officials and rebel sources say, a symbol of how a once-secular fight has come under the influence of radical Islam. To the Russian security services, the rebel commander known as Abu Walid embodies Chechnya's place in the chain of international terrorism - a connection they stress to win Western support for their military campaign in the southern Russian region. He has surfaced as a suspect in myriad terrorist attacks in Russia, from the...
  • Russia's suicide bomb nightmare

    02/06/2004 6:40:26 AM PST · by JCB · 11 replies · 101+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Feb 6, 2004 | Stephen Mulvey
    Initial reports suggest the blast which tore through a crowded Moscow metro train may have been the work of a suicide bomber. If confirmed, it will be the latest in a long line of suicide bomb attacks in Russia - most of them blamed on Chechen rebels. It is more than 18 months since President Vladimir Putin said the war in Chechnya was over - but Russia is increasingly coming to realise that a new kind of war may be under way. Experts are talking about the "Palestinisation" of the conflict - and pointing out that Israel has been powerless...
  • U.S. Sees Chechen Hand in Iraq Attacks

    01/13/2004 8:46:52 AM PST · by Jacob Kell · 171+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jan. 13, 2004 | Jim Krane
    CAMP ANACONDA, Iraq -- Iraqi guerrillas blasting U.S. military convoys with improvised bombs hidden at roadsides may have learned tactics by talking to Chechen rebels and Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in Afghanistan, a U.S. Army intelligence officer said. Iraqi rebels have been communicating with such outsiders through e-mail, telephone and personal visits, said Major Thomas Sirois, chief intelligence officer of the U.S. Army's 3rd Corps Support Command, which occupies this sprawling base north of Baghdad. He declined to identify the types of communication U.S. intelligence officers have intercepted. "I think they share information," Sirois said. "Individuals here who are fighting...
  • Russian forces storm theatre, free hostages

    10/25/2002 10:33:41 PM PDT · by akash · 191+ views
    Rediff on the Net ^ | Oct 26th 2002 | Press Trust of India
    Nearly 700 hostages held in a Moscow theatre by Chechen rebels have been released in an operation by Russian special security forces. At the start of the operation, the chief hostage-taker, Movsar Barayev, was killed. The theatre has been brought entirely under the control of security forces. A number of Chechen rebels holding the hostages have been killed or arrested, Interfax news agency reported. PTI