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Beslan’s 5th anniversary

Posted in society, terrorist attacks with tags , , on September 1, 2009 by admin

Russia is marking the fifth anniversary of the Beslan siege in which more than 330 people died after a school was seized by Chechen rebels.The rebels, who held more than 1,000 people hostage, demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya. The siege ended three days later when security forces stormed the building. Those killed in the ensuing battle included 186 children. Five years on, the people of Beslan are still haunted by what happened there.

Related:
The children of Beslan Muslim massacre five years on. Video inside.
Could Beslan tragedy happen again?

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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.

Period of stability in Caucasus is clearly over

Posted in counterterrorism, terrorist attacks with tags , , , , on August 29, 2009 by admin

News Analysis – Chechnya and Its Neighbors Suffer a Relapse – NYTimes.com

That case is difficult to make after the summer of 2009. Explosions and shootings have been a daily occurrence in the region all summer. Between June and August, 436 people have been killed, compared with 150 during the same months in 2008. And the number of attacks jumped to 452 from 265, according to statistics compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a private research group based in Washington.

The numbers do not fully capture what has happened. High-ranking officials have been strafed with machine-gun fire, targeted by snipers as they strolled out of restaurants or rammed with cars packed with explosives. A prominent human rights worker was snatched outside her apartment, killed and left on a roadside.

And suicide bombings, ominously, have returned to Chechnya after a pause of several years. Two militants blew themselves up Friday morning to escape capture, making it a total of three suicide bombings in the region in just the past week.

“The period of stability is quite clearly over in Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya,” said Pavel K. Baev, a senior researcher at the Oslo-based International Peace Research Institute. “But it hasn’t spread. This is what allows the Russian leadership more or less to keep their distance, not to pay serious attention.”

Before:
Ingushetia bombing claimed by rebels spiritual leader.

Is Obama shutting down the 3rd site of the anti-missile system?

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , on August 29, 2009 by admin

Le Figaro – International : Washington tenté de réduire son bouclier antimissile
EDITORIAL: Obama jilts Poland and the Czech Republic – Washington Times

The United States is poised to dump a critical missile-defense agreement with two of its most dependable NATO allies. The Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported yesterday that the Obama administration is going to scrap the “third site” anti-missile system scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic. Missile interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic were scheduled to be deployed by 2013. Now the plan appears to have been shot down.

This move sends the wrong signal to our allies in Eastern Europe. The former Soviet satellites have been among the strongest proponents of a robust U.S. role in Europe because they believed they could count on the United States to defend their interests against perennially predatory Russia. Both countries showed good faith by sending troops to fight in Iraq as part of the multinational force. The Polish and Czech governments acted courageously when they agreed to host the missile-defense system.

Prague and Warsaw knew Moscow would react negatively, but after years of patient diplomacy, they chose to stand with the United States. Canceling the deployment will betray the trust of our allies in Warsaw and Prague, leave Europe defenseless against Iranian missiles, enhance the Kremlin’s stature and diminish U.S. credibility. There is no upside.

Venezuelan Chávez will visit terrorist-linked states next September

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by admin

Counterterrorism Blog: Chávez’s Excellent Adventure

According to the official presidential press office, Chávez will spend most of the first two weeks of September visiting Libya (where a convicted terrorist was just received as a hero by Gadaffi et al); Iran (whose newly-nominated defense minister Ahmad Vahidi is a wanted terrorist and responsible for numerous terrorist attacks, including one that killed Americans), then off to buy a battalion of tanks from Russia, arriving via Syria, another state sponsor of terrorism.

Lovely trip. While visiting Gadaffi, Chávez will also participate in an African Union summit, perhaps for the chance to rub elbows with Mugabe, Kabila and others to share lessons learned in destabilization.