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  • Cleric supports targeting children

    09/05/2004 8:29:36 PM PDT · by Nepalis · 51 replies · 1,520+ views ^ | Rajeev Syal
    Cleric supports targeting children An extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause. Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Mohammed said: "If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism in Iraq....
  • Arab world harshly condemns slaughter of Russian children

    09/05/2004 4:19:05 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 55 replies · 1,977+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/5/04 | Megan K. Stack
    CAIRO, Egypt — Expressions of shame and self-reproach swept the Arab world yesterday as Muslims mourned the deaths of Russian schoolchildren and voiced unusually critical condemnations of the social ills widely blamed here for breeding terrorism. The Arab world has watched with mounting disgust in recent weeks as a wave of civilian hostages — some of them Arabs and Muslims — were slaughtered by masked insurgents in Iraq. This weekend, newspapers and satellite channels were dominated by pictures of bloodied, naked children in southern Russia fleeing armed guerrillas suspected to be Islamic rebels supporting an independent Chechyna. Many Arabs faced...
  • Arab world also in shock-"The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!"

    09/05/2004 11:24:48 AM PDT · by kattracks · 114 replies · 4,013+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 9/05/04 | DON SINGLETON
    The bloody siege of a Russian school by Chechen rebels brought widespread condemnation and soul-searching in the Islamic world yesterday. Arab newspapers and television broadcasts were full of dramatic photographs of the children killed and injured in the siege by Islamic rebels demanding Chechen independence from Russia. Commentators and clerics put a harsh spotlight on those who kill and maim in Islam's name. "What is the guilt of those children? Why should they be responsible for your conflict with the government?" Egypt's top Muslim cleric, Grand Sheik Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, asked during a sermon in Banha, 30 miles north of...
  • They Knifed Babies, They Raped Girls

    09/05/2004 11:58:26 AM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 954 replies · 29,630+ views
    Sunday Mirror ^ | September 5, 2004 | Euan Stretch
    THE full horror of the Russian school atrocity began to emerge yesterday as traumatised children told horrific tales of stabbed babies and brutal rapes. It has also emerged that scores of the 323 who died - including many children - had been shot in the back. While despairing soldiers and rescue workers moved among the growing pile of body bags, it was revealed that an 18-month-old baby had been repeatedly stabbed by a black-clad terrorist who had run out of ammunition. Other survivors told how screaming teenage girls were dragged into rooms adjoining the gymnasium where they were being held...
  • Boy who begged for water was bayoneted

    09/04/2004 7:20:50 PM PDT · by saquin · 394 replies · 14,099+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 9/5/04 | Peter Conradi
    AFTER more than 24 hours in the sweltering heat of the school gymnasium in Beslan, one of the boys trapped inside could not take it any longer, writes Peter Conradi. Summoning up his courage, he approached a hostage taker with a bayonet fixed to his assault rifle and asked him for a drink. It was probably the worst error that he could have made. “Instead of giving him water, he drove his bayonet through the boy’s body,” said Stanislav Tsarakhov, 10, another captive standing nearby. “I don’t know if he died.” Details of the incident emerged as children who escaped...
  • Muslim leaders condemn killers

    09/04/2004 6:12:58 PM PDT · by MCH · 106 replies · 2,473+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday September 5, 2004 | David Smith
    Islamic leaders in the Middle East yesterday denounced the slaughter of children in Russia as 'unIslamic', as commentators asked unusually soul-searching questions about the region and terrorism. Even the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's biggest Islamic group, condemned the bloody siege in Beslan. Its leader, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, said that kidnappings may be justified but killings are not. He added: 'What happened is not jihad [holy war] because Islam obligates us to respect the souls of human beings; it is not about taking them away.' While some Islamic fundamentalists in the Middle East have long supported fellow Muslims fighting in Chechnya,...
  • 52 Hours of Horror and Death for Captives at Russian School (Hostages speak)

    09/04/2004 2:08:00 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies · 2,375+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/5/04 | C. J. CHIVERS
    BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 4 - Long before the first bombs exploded in Middle School No. 1, marking the beginning of a ferocious battle that left hundreds of schoolchildren and their parents and teachers dead, the hostages had descended to near despair. "At first I thought it was a joke," said one survivor, Emma Gagiyeva, 13, who sat numbly on a couch on Saturday, as the death toll climbed relentlessly, to 330, with many children still missing. "Then they started to shoot the windows, and glass fell on the people. They were shooting above our heads and they killed a few...
  • Pro-Bush Booth Stirs Anger at Convention

    09/04/2004 1:39:22 PM PDT · by pilgrim · 154 replies · 6,768+ views
    Sep 4, 3:17 PM EDT Pro-Bush Booth Stirs Anger at ConventionBy RACHEL ZOLLAP Religion WriterROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- They stop abruptly when they see the 5-foot-tall photo of President Bush, with "" above his head.Then come the outbursts."Disgusting," said one onlooker. "Take that down," said another.At the largest annual convention of American Muslims, a pro-Bush booth has stirred anger among attendees who believe the president's actions since Sept. 11, 2001, have hurt more innocent Muslims than terrorists."I think President Bush has misled not only the United States, but the world," said Noor Maciael, an educator who called the booth "disgusting"...
  • What the war in Chechnya is all about

    09/04/2004 1:32:36 PM PDT · by Destro · 69 replies · 3,700+ views ^ | September 2, 2004 | Q & D Headlines
    September 2, 2004: When Chechnya first declared independence from Russia in 1993, the Russians promptly invaded. The Russians quickly tired of getting a lot of their troops killed for what appeared to be little gain. In the wake of their 1994 withdrawal from Chechnya, Russia simultaneously declared Chechnya still a part of Russia (and paid pensions and government salaries there) and left the Chechens to their own devices. But the Chechens could not govern themselves. It was as simple as that. The central government in the province controlled little beyond the capital Grozny. At least six major warlords held sway,...
  • Dead Arab terrorists in Beslan

    09/04/2004 1:18:54 PM PDT · by bgarid · 22 replies · 3,720+ views
  • Chechen terrorists follow al-Qaida manual: Russia school hostage-takers' cues from online playbook

    09/04/2004 2:59:04 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 17 replies · 943+ views ^ | Saturday, September 4, 2004 | Laura Mansfield
    Saturday, September 4, 2004 GLOBAL JIHADChechen terrorists follow al-Qaida manualRussia school hostage-takers' cues from online playbook Posted: September 4, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Laura Mansfield © 2004 As details emerge of the three-day siege of a Russian school by Islamic terrorists – which reportedly resulted in more than 200 dead and 700 injured – it is becoming apparent that the operation closely followed the terror roadmap laid out in issue 10 of Al Battar, al-Qaida's online training manual. The tragic events unfolded in the town of Beslan, in the North Ossetia region, near Chechnya, as Islamic Chechen terrorists with suicide-bomb belts...
  • Russia: Al-Qaida involved in school attack; at least 340 dead

    09/04/2004 9:14:36 AM PDT · by yonif · 23 replies · 1,487+ views
    Haaretz ^ | September 04, 2004
    BESLAN, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin called Saturday for a new approach to law enforcement in the wake of the school hostage crisis that killed more than 340 people, and pledged the reform would be in accordance with the nation's constitution. Putin said international terrorists had declared "a full-scale war" against Russia, and that due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the nation was weakened and unable to respond as effectively as it must. The Russian premier flew to Beslan before dawn on Saturday, as smoke was still rising from the shattered school. Russian authorities, who have tried...
  • (Vanity) I want to believe Islam is not the enemy, but...

    09/04/2004 9:03:30 AM PDT · by ArcLight · 41 replies · 1,268+ views
    Me | 9/4/2004 | Me
    ...unless I see Muslims marching in the streets to denounce this horror, I'm giving up on the lot of them. No Jew, no Christian would ever tolerate or excuse this atrocity. Where are the Muslims? Not just leaders, but ordinary men and women? Why aren't they protesting all over the Islamic world? Why not in America? I'm sick of pretending to myself that most Muslims are good people, while seeing so little evidence of it. If they really are, they'll step up. Right now.
  • The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists are Muslims!"

    09/04/2004 10:04:39 AM PDT · by Exton1 · 48 replies · 2,623+ views
    Cnina ^ | 4 Sep 2004
    Images of dead, wounded and traumatized Russian children being carried from the scene of a rebel school siege horrified Middle Eastern Muslims, prompting forthright self-criticism Saturday and fresh concern about an international backlash against Islam and its followers. Arab leaders, Muslim clerics and ordinary parents across the Middle East denounced the school siege that left more than 340 people dead, many of them children, as unjustifiable. Some warned such actions damage Islam's image more than all its enemies could hope. Even some supporters of Islamic militancy condemned it, though at least one insisted Muslims were not behind it. "Holy warriors"...
  • Russia blasts EU siege statement

    09/04/2004 10:05:23 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 74 replies · 2,358+ views
    Yahoo UK ^ | 9/4/04 | Reuters
    Russia blasts EU siege statement MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has described as "blasphemous" a request by the European Union for an explanation to the bloody end to a mass hostage seizure at a school by Chechen gunmen. More than 320 people, almost half of them children were found dead after troops stormed a school in the southern Russian town of Beslan, where the separatists held more than 1,000 hostages for 53 hours. In a statement in the name of the presidency of the 25-nation EU, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot said on Friday that all countries should work together to...
  • Russian Tragedy

    09/03/2004 10:18:26 AM PDT · by Awestruck · 7 replies · 318+ views
    09/03/04 | Awestruck
    As I was getting my 6 yr old ready for school this morning, my thoughts went to Russia, and the current tragedy that has unfolded there over the last few days. I take my little one to school every morning, fairly secure in the fact that she will be relatively safe at school. I don't worry about masked terrorists breaking in to her school and doing what they did in Russia. My heart breaks for all the parents and children over there right now. I can only imagine the pain and anguish that comes from having to wonder if your...
  • 'Russia's 9/11' leaves media stunned

    09/04/2004 7:17:27 AM PDT · by traumer · 71 replies · 2,577+ views
    Sify ^ | 04 September,2004
    by Dmitry Zaks in Moscow The front page of one of Russia's most authoritative newspapers had no headline or story on its front page Saturday. Instead, Izvestia showed a man with a pained look on his face rushing a girl to safety in his arms. She was semi-naked and clutching on to his neck with a look of horror on her face. A militia man stood solemnly in the background. Discuss: Russia should've given in to hostage-takers, instead of letting children die The photo spoke volumes -- graphically underlining how many Russians were left speechless and terrified at events in...
  • Chechen "Black Widows" Terrorize Russia

    09/04/2004 6:40:04 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 880+ views
    Deutche Welle ^ | September 04 2004
    "Black widows" blow themselves up -- and anybody else in the vicinity -- with bombs attached to their person. The women are thought to have been among the militants who terrorized a southern Russian school. A new type of terrorist has emerged. The Chechen women, aged between 20 and 30, turn themselves into walking bombs and are prepared to die for their convictions and kill others in the process. They have experienced much suffering in the 10 years since the start of the Chechen conflict, living in country in which anarchy reigns and murder goes unpunished. "Black widows," as they...
  • Russian School Siege Prompts Horrified Self-Criticism in Arab Media

    09/04/2004 3:15:06 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 189 replies · 5,149+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2004 | Maggie Michael
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Muslims worldwide are the main perpetrators of terrorism, a humiliating and painful truth that must be acknowledged, a prominent Arab writer and television executive wrote Saturday, as Middle East media and officials expressed horror at the bloody rebel siege of a Russian school. Unusually forthright self-criticism followed the end of the hostage crisis, along with warnings that such actions inflict more damage to the image of Islam than all its enemies could hope. Arab leaders and Muslim clerics denounced the school seizure as unjustifiable and expressed their sympathy. Russian commandos stormed the school Friday in Beslan,...
  • London convention celebrates 9-11: 'Either you're with the Muslims or with the infidels'

    09/04/2004 3:14:14 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 71 replies · 3,391+ views ^ | Saturday, September 4, 2004
    Saturday, September 4, 2004 GLOBAL JIHADLondon conventioncelebrates 9-11'Either you're with the Muslims or with the infidels' Posted: September 4, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 An extremist Islamic movement in Britain plans a convention in London titled, "The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You're with the Muslims or with the Infidels," to mark the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. As WorldNetDaily reported, last year the group, Al-Muhajiroun, had planned a similar anniversary event called "The Magnificent 19 [Suicide Attackers]," but canceled it at the last minute. The group's leader Omar Bakri, a Syrian residing in London, told Al-Sharq...
  • Al-Arabiya GM: Muslims are main perpetrators of terrorism (posted in MSM!!!)

    09/04/2004 8:33:30 AM PDT · by melkor · 59 replies · 1,687+ views
    msnbc ^ | sept 04 2004 | AP
    Al-Arabiya GM: Muslims are main perpetrators of terrorismThe Associated Press Egypt - Muslims worldwide are the main perpetrators of terrorism, a humiliating and painful truth that must be acknowledged, a prominent Arab writer and television executive wrote Saturday, as Middle East media and officials expressed horror at the bloody rebel siege of a Russian school. “Our terrorist sons are an end-product of our corrupted culture,” Abdulrahman al-Rashed, general manager of Al-Arabiya television wrote in his daily column published in the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. It ran under the headline, “The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists are Muslims!” Al-Rashed ran...
  • Despair and Anger in Small Russian Town After Siege

    09/04/2004 8:06:02 AM PDT · by TexKat · 44 replies · 1,520+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/4/04 | Oliver Bullough
    BESLAN, Russia (Reuters) - The killing of more than 320 children, parents and teachers during the bloody end to a 53-hour school siege left barely a family untouched in the small Russian town of Beslan. Grief, anger and uncertainty mingled in the town of 30,000 after the bloodiest hostage crisis in decades ended on Friday with half-naked and wounded children dodging bullets as they fled and security forces stormed the school building. "Everyone in this town has lost someone," said Alan, looking for news of his sister who had been at the school. "What they say on television is a...

    09/04/2004 8:34:37 AM PDT · by traumer · 85 replies · 2,739+ views
    SkyNews ^ | September 04, 2004
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said his country had shown weakness in the face of danger and most now respond to the threat of terrorism. "We did not understand the complexity and the danger of the process which was emerging in our country and in the entire world," Putin said of the school hostage crisis in which at least 322 people are now known to have died. "We did not know how to react in the appropriate fashion. We have showed weakness in the face of danger and the weak get beaten up," he said in a televised address. Officials...

    09/04/2004 8:00:04 AM PDT · by jolie560 · 149 replies · 4,341+ views
    NYPOST ^ | September 4, 2004 | Ralph Peters
    THE mass murder of children revolts the human psyche. Herod sending his henchmen to massacre the infants of Bethlehem haunts the Gospels. Nothing in our time was crueler than what the Germans did to children during the Holocaust. Slaughtering the innocents violates a universal human taboo. Or a nearly universal one. Those Muslims who preach Jihad against the West decided years ago that killing Jewish or Christian children is not only acceptable, but pleasing to their god when done by "martyrs." It isn't politically correct to say this, of course. We're supposed to pretend that Islam is a "religion of...
  • Russia reports 322 dead in school siege + Beslan hostage-takers included two women; one man lynched

    09/04/2004 7:26:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 118 replies · 3,477+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | September 04 2004
    The bodies of 322 dead, of whom 155 are children, have been recovered from the school in Beslan - Russian Deputy Prosecutor-General Sergey Fridinskiy. --- Russian official says Beslan hostage-takers included two women; one man lynched Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Beslan, 4 September: The operation to release hostages and render the terrorists harmless is over in Beslan, the chief of the Russian Federation Federal Security Service [FSB] Directorate for North Ossetia, Valeriy Andreyev, has told journalists. "We can say with all confidence that there have been over 30 terrorists. They are nationals of Russia and of...
  • I Predict The Russian Attack is Just the Beginning!

    09/04/2004 2:35:18 AM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 74 replies · 2,265+ views
    Sept 4, 2004 | Vanity
    Now we know that Al Queda is involved. We know this attack was mastermined by one of Ossama's top men. ----I think this attack was a test. It is a precursor of things to come.----- Unlike gov't buildings there is a school on every corner, ---you can't protect them all!--- This action also puts the gov't on the spot. It demands total capitulation to the terrorists or the kids die. In other words this terror tactic FORCES the gov't to charge. In Russia the terrorists demanded not just the release of comrads in jail, but the complete withdrawal ot troops...
  • Putin reacts

    09/04/2004 8:16:02 AM PDT · by rang1995 · 76 replies · 2,003+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Saturday, September 4, 2004 · Last updated 7:51 a.m. PT Putin promises tougher response to terror By JUDITH INGRAM ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin promised a tougher response to terrorism Saturday, saying in a surprising admission of weakness that the Soviet Union's collapse had left the country unable to react to attacks. "Weak people are beaten," he warned. The former KGB spy said in a televised address to the nation that terrorists are waging an "all-out war" against Russia. He said he would enact reforms to make security services more effective, tighten border controls...
  • Reuters: Bodies of schoolchildren and hostages killed [Warning: Graphic]

    09/04/2004 8:41:55 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 91 replies · 3,155+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/04 | Reuters
    Bodies of schoolchildren and hostages killed in a school seizure seen in a hospital morgue in Beslan, North Ossetia, Friday, Sept. 3, 2004. Commandos stormed a school Friday in southern Russia and battled separatist rebels holding 1,200 hostages. An official said the death toll could be significantly higher than 150. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev) Bodies of schoolchildren and hostages killed in a school seizure seen in a hospital morgue in Beslan, North Ossetia, Friday, Sept. 3, 2004. Commandos stormed a school Friday in southern Russia and battled separatist rebels holding 1,200 hostages. An official said the death toll could be...
  • 155 children among dead. Explosives and weapons were snuck into school during summer rennovation.

    09/04/2004 8:36:46 AM PDT · by dennisw · 34 replies · 1,651+ views
    the age ^ | September 5, 2004 | y C. J. Chivers and Steven Lee Myers  155 children among dead By C. J. Chivers and Steven Lee Myers September 5, 2004 As the death toll in the Russian school siege passed 320 late yesterday, it emerged that the explosives and arms used by the Chechen rebels were smuggled into the building well in advance. "The explosives, weapons and military equipment were taken into the school in summer... when building work was being carried out," Interfax news agency reported a security official as saying. The terrorists first scoured the area looking for a school and then disguised themselves as workers rebuilding the gymnasium. "We found a large...
  • Russia's Putin Orders Crackdown After School Siege

    09/04/2004 1:16:00 AM PDT · by Walkin Man · 159 replies · 5,677+ views
    ABC News / Reuters ^ | Sept. 4, 2004 | Richard Ayton and Oliver Bullough
    Russia's Putin Orders Crackdown After School Siege Sept. 4, 2004 — By Richard Ayton and Oliver Bullough BESLAN, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered a crackdown in southern Russia after a school siege killed at least 250, and warned Chechen sympathizers on Saturday they would be seen as "accomplices of terrorism." The Kremlin leader paid a lightning early morning visit to the traumatized North Ossetia region close to Chechnya where the two-day hostage drama at the school ended on Friday in bloody mayhem with Russian forces battling Chechen militants. "One of the tasks pursued by the terrorists was to...

    09/04/2004 12:20:12 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 512+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/04/04 | ALAN HAMILTON and MICHAEL EVANS
    September 4, 2004 -- There was a plan, a careful plan of delicate negotiation. But then there were two loud explosions, the plan was blown clean out of the window, and chaos reigned. For what happened next, there was no plan. Ten thousand Russian special forces and Interior Ministry troops ringed Beslan Middle School No. 1. They had been there for three days, and hoped for a peaceful outcome. So, too, did the hundreds of distraught parents held at arm's length by the security cordon. There were already a dozen or so dead within the school, victims of the opening...

    09/03/2004 11:32:30 PM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 944+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/04/04
    [snip]How is it possible that human beings can use the lives of children, hundreds of them, as tools to achieve their own personal political aims? The truth is, the perpetrators of the school siege were not human. They were beasts — savage, bloodthirsty animals. For no human being, no matter how legitimately aggrieved, could so savagely open fire on innocent, helpless kids. It is beyond cowardice. Beyond depravity. By the same token, how is it possible that any nation that considers itself civilized can still ignore — even excuse — the use of terror as a political weapon? And yet,...

    09/04/2004 12:12:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 44 replies · 1,802+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/04/04 | Post Wire Services
    September 4, 2004 -- Tragic, despicable, inhumane, cowardly, barbaric, evil and astonishing — the deaths of a hundred or more people including children in a siege at a Russian school sparked strong words for the hostage-takers from world leaders. "This is yet another grim reminder of the lengths to which terrorists will go to threaten the civilized world," President Bush told a campaign rally in Wisconsin yesterday. British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying, "It is hard to express my revulsion at the inhumanity of terrorists prepared to put children and their parents through such...
  • Putin sees Russian tragedy (reports of what the Islamboulis did to children-blood boiling)

    09/03/2004 11:15:02 PM PDT · by Destro · 54 replies · 1,792+ views ^ | September 4, 2004 - 2:19PM | AP
    Putin sees Russian tragedy September 4, 2004 - 2:19PM Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the town where commandos stormed a school in which militants were holding hundreds hostage in a chaotic battle that left at least 95 people dead. "All Russia grieves with you," Putin said during a meeting with local officials in Beslan in the North Ossetia region, broadcast on government television. He said targeting children made the hostage crisis worse than other acts of terrorism: "Even alongside the most cruel attacks of the past this terrorist act occupies a special place because it was aimed at children."...

    09/03/2004 11:28:48 PM PDT · by kattracks · 95 replies · 2,115+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/04/04 | RALPH PETERS
    [snip]As they inevitably do, the terrorists reminded the world of their heartless barbarism. Even if France manages to beg the release of its kidnapped journalists in Iraq, it has begun to sense its vulnerability. And all Europeans with a vestige of sense will recognize that the school seizure in Russia could easily repeat itself in Languedoc or Umbria, Bavaria or Kent. An attack on children is an attack on all of humanity. No matter what differences Western states discover to divide them, the terrorists will bring us together in the end. Their atrocities expose all wishful thinking for what it...

    09/03/2004 10:33:46 PM PDT · by Walkin Man · 29 replies · 2,278+ views
    The Sun ^ | 9-4-04 | PAUL THOMPSON & JAMES CLENCH
    RUSSIA'S NIGHTMARE TWO DAYS OF SHEER TERROR By PAUL THOMPSON and JAMES CLENCH THE full horror inflicted on hostages inside the sweltering school gym was revealed by shellshocked survivors last night. For two days 1,200 children and adults stared death in the face after being herded into the gym by terrorists. First, the captors planted two big bombs in the basketball hoops, then trailed cables to smaller devices around the building. Windows were smashed out to restrict the effect of any knockout gas, which was used to end the Moscow theatre siege in 2002. And male hostages were regularly put...
  • 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...
  • Russia School Standoff Ends With 250 Dead

    09/03/2004 10:20:24 PM PDT · by yonif · 41 replies · 2,853+ views
    Santa Maria Times ^ | September 4, 2004 | MIKE ECKEL
    BESLAN, Russia - The three-day hostage siege at a school in southern Russia ended in chaos and bloodshed Friday, after witnesses said Chechen militants set off bombs and Russian commandos stormed the building. Hostages fled in terror, many of them children who were half-naked and covered in blood. Officials said the toll was at least 250. Early Saturday, 531 people remained hospitalized, including 283 children _ 92 of the youngsters in "very grave" condition, health officials said. Sixty-two hours after the hostage drama began during a celebration marking the first day of the school year, the Russian government said resistance...

    09/03/2004 2:18:09 PM PDT · by dandelion · 110 replies · 7,071+ views
    The Kerry Fairy ^ | 09/03/04 | Becki Snow
    They are not "seperatists", they are not "rebels" - the murderers are ISLAMIC TERRORISTS.BESLAN, Russia (AP) - Commandos stormed a school Friday in southern Russia and battled separatist rebels holding 1,200 hostages, as crying children, some naked and covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire. An official said the death toll could be significantly higher than 150. Hours after the midday assault, three of the separatist rebels were reportedly still blockaded in a school basement, trading fire with security forces. A Federal Security Service official said militants were still holding hostages - children among them. The school was largely...
  • The peculiar mindset of muslims!

    09/03/2004 12:10:41 PM PDT · by Pitiricus · 303 replies · 3,060+ views
    In the BBC comments on the tragedy in Russia you find how muslims think (Imram is a muslim name) "Its a sad ending which I don't even think the rebels wanted. Putin has once again shown that he has no respect for human life, be it innocent children or whatever. I see no reason as to why the building was stormed. The only thing that comes to my mind is to show the ruthlessness or their military might. Innocent lives could have been saved by negotiations. Innocent children and civilians are paying the price whether it be in Afghanistan,...
  • Heavy Heart for the citizens of Beslan

    09/03/2004 5:18:18 PM PDT · by phoenix0468 · 23 replies · 847+ views
    Vanity | 03 September 2004 | Frank Friel
    I am from Oklahoma. I lived in Oklahoma City on the day of the Murray building bombing. Although we had no warning of the impending doom that touched every one's lives in this community, it was nonetheless devestating. I am sure there are many from New York and DC that feel the way I do. As someone who experienced the horror of terrorism so closely I can truly empathize with the poor people of Beslan. My heart is ripped in two thinking of the children, as I did on that fatefull day in April not so long ago. I can...
  • 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...
  • Russian Embassy and Consulates in America: Flowers for Sympathy

    09/03/2004 5:43:59 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 41 replies · 1,188+ views ^ | September 3, 2004 | Travis McGee
    Russian consulates and embassies in North America: Embassy of Russia in the United States 2650 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20007 Tel. (202) 298-5700 Tel. (202) 298-5772 Fax (202) 298-5749, Consulate General in Seattle 2323 Westin Building, 2001 Sixth Avenue Seattle, WA 98121-2617 Tel.(206) 728-1910 Fax (206) 728-1871 e-mail: Consulate General in New York 9 East 91 St. New York, NY 10128 Tel (212) 348-0926 Fax (212) 831-9162 Consulate General in San Francisco 2790 Green St. San Francisco, CA 94123 Tel. (415) 928-6878 Fax (415) 929-0306 including visa department: Visa Section: (415) 929-0862 E-mail:
  • Rescued Mother Tells of Three Days in Hell

    09/03/2004 8:43:43 PM PDT · by Walkin Man · 68 replies · 1,849+ views
    AP / Myway news ^ | Sep 3 2004 | MIKE ECKEL
    Rescued Mother Tells of Three Days in Hell Sep 3, 5:15 PM (ET) By MIKE ECKEL BESLAN, Russia (AP) - Holding up the corpse of a man just shot dead in front of hundreds of hostages at a Russian school, the rebel - his pockets stuffed with ammunition and grenades - warned: "If a child utters even a sound, we'll kill another one." When children fainted from lack of sleep, food and water, their masked and camouflaged captors simply sneered. In the intolerable heat of the gym, adults implored children to drink their own urine. Hours after escaping alive, a...
  • INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR VICTIMS OF TERROR ACTS (asking for Help with Beslan atrocity)

    09/03/2004 4:11:15 PM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 23 replies · 1,278+ views
    If you are interested in assisting the victims of the Beslan, Russia atrocity, here is a source. Also, contact the Russian Embassy
  • 646 vicitms of terrorist act in Beslan hospitalized.

    09/03/2004 11:21:10 AM PDT · by blasater1960 · 288 replies · 7,631+ views
    Tass ^ | Tass
    TOP NEWS 646 vicitms of terrorist act in Beslan hospitalized. 03.09.2004, 22.00 “The former hostages are receiving therapy in mobile hospitals and clinics of Beslan and Vladikavkaz,” the source said. Some 130 wounded people, including children, are in the Vladikavkaz clinic. The republican clinic has 38 patients, including five children, with the severest wounds and traumas, and the children’s clinic of Vladikavkaz has admitted 186 children. Eighty adults are receiving therapy in the airmobile hospital, 200 in the medical emergency clinic, 32 in the republican clinic, two in the military hospital of Vladikavkaz, and four in the first town hospital...
  • Has Kerry said ANYTHING about the Russian School Hostage Taking?

    09/03/2004 7:34:47 PM PDT · by gura · 18 replies · 420+ views
    Seriously folks, I've been looking for 15 or 20 minutes now and can't find Kerry mentioning ANYTHING about what has transpired in Russia. Prehaps this is his new "Strategy"; ignore it and it'll all go away.
  • Send Email to Russian Embassy-Vanity

    09/03/2004 5:32:05 PM PDT · by Lobbyist · 37 replies · 892+ views
    Spoke with Russian Embassy in Washington,D.C.. Their email address is Please send prayers and support.
  • Muslims should fight U.S. in Iraq: cleric

    09/03/2004 7:10:55 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 48 replies · 985+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | September 4, 2004 | Al-jazeerah via Tehran Times
    CAIRO (Aljazeera) --An Egyptian cleric based in Qatar and often described as a moderate has ruled that it is a religious duty for Muslims to fight Americans in Iraq, including U.S. civilians, his office director has said. But the cleric, Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, said that two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq should be freed immediately. "All of them (U.S. military personnel and civilians) are invaders who came from their country to invade our country and fighting them [in Iraq] is a duty," said his office director Essam Talima on Thursday, quoting a fatwa or ruling on religious law by al-Qaradawi....
  • Terror Attacks Prompt Tough Talk From Kremlin

    09/03/2004 1:29:43 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 60 replies · 1,024+ views
    Terror Attacks Prompt Tough Talk From Kremlin By Sergei Blagov Correspondent September 02, 2004 Moscow ( - A series of terrorist outrages in Russia have resulted in hard-line rhetoric from the Kremlin, but it remains to be seen whether the attacks eventually could lead to a foreign policy rethink, with possible implications for Iraq. President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his government was prepared to destroy terrorists and separatists. "There can be no dialogue with those who wanted to fight and who made war a way of earning money," he told journalists. "We shall fight against them, throw them in...