Archive for Caucasus

Russia kills AQ agent in North Caucasus

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , on August 31, 2009 by admin

Reuters:

Russian security forces said on Monday they had killed an al Qaeda agent and a second rebel fighter in its troubled North Caucasus region of Dagestan. Russian officials say cash from foreign-based radical Islamic organizations is funding the recent surge of violence in Dagestan and the other two North Caucasus regions of Chechnya and Ingushetia in which dozens of people have died.

… “He is an Algerian national widely known in underground gangs as ‘Doctor Muhammed,”” said the official dressed in combat gear who stood with his back to the camera.
Muhammed and a second rebel fighter were killed when police stormed a house in Dagestan’s Khasavyurt district bordering Chechnya on Sunday night, Russian news agencies reported.

RIA Novosti:

Another security source in Dagestan said the Al-Qaeda militant held French citizenship.
In the republic’s capital, Makhachkala, gunmen killed in the early hours of Monday an OMON special police officer. “The criminals knocked at the door where the police officer lived and shot him five times,” a police spokesman said.

Before:
“Period of stability in Caucasus is clearly over”.
Ingushetia bombing claimed by rebels spiritual leader.

India reviews potential threats to its stability

Posted in terrorist attacks, violence with tags , , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

Indian interests in regional security @ The Hindu

The biggest threat to regional stability originates from Afghanistan in the activities of radical extremists and drug traffickers.

Islamic radicalism and its manifestations of separatism and extremism justifying terrorist methods of conflict add to the potential for instability in Central Asia. At the same time, a high level of strategic uncertainty has also appeared in the region, stemming, paradoxically, from big power rivalries, given the significant increase in its importance as a major source of petroleum resources and as an alternative to the volatile Middle East and Caspian regions.

Ingushetia Bombing Claimed By Rebels‘ Spiritual Leader

Posted in terrorist attacks with tags , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2009

The website of the North Caucasus insurgency says the suicide bombing of the police department in Nazran, Ingushetia, on August 17 was carried out by Said Abu Saad al-Buryati, RFE/RL’s North Caucasian Service reports.

Buryati, or Said Buryatsky, also known by his legal name, Aleksandr Tikhomirov, was an ethnic Buryat from the capital of Russia’s Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, in Siberia.

He joined the Chechen insurgency two years ago and was considered the main spiritual leader of the rebels in the North Caucasus.