DEBKA: Three women with (three) babies released in Osetia
Just heard on NPR ~ 26 released
USA Today provides some background on the "decade-long rebellion in the small republic of Chechnya" -
Putin was chosen as a successor by Russia's first post-Soviet president, Boris Yeltsin, in part to deal with the Chechen situation.Sounding like a typical American liberal academic, John Dunlop, a Russia scholar at the Hoover Institution, a research unit at Stanford University, comments in the article:
One of five Muslim republics in the northern Caucasus, Chechnya was conquered by Czarist Russia in the 1850s and has long been restive under Moscow's rule.
Chechnya proclaimed itself independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But Yeltsin sent in Russian troops in 1994, beginning a conflict that killed tens of thousands of Chechens — most of them civilians — and destroyed their capital, Grozny.
A peace agreement reached with a rebel leader, Aslan Maskhadov, in 1996, began to fray two years later. Chechen attempts to spread Islamic law into a neighboring republic, Dagestan, and a series of bombings in Moscow that were blamed on Chechens, provided the rationale for a new Russian invasion in 1999.
Putin appointed a former rebel leader and Muslim cleric, Akhmad Kadyrov, to head the Russian administration in Chechnya in 2000. But violence continued, and in May Kadyrov died in a bombing in Grozny. His replacement, Alu Alkhanov, is a former interior minister who fought on the Russian side in the earlier Chechen conflict and is perceived by many of his people as a Russian puppet.
"[The Russian] tactics have been all wrong," says John Dunlop, a Russia scholar at the Hoover Institution, a research unit at Stanford University. "In addition to repression, they need to build up the infrastructure and provide something for unemployed young men to do to give people a sense of hope."
Funny, the very same thing is said about Palestinian, French, and other young Arab Muslim men. Why is it that the whole world seems to have something to do with their days, except for young Muslim men?
And why is it that, if not given what they say they want, these young Muslim men will gladly blow themselves up to murder innocent people?
Let's just hope and pray that they do nothing of the sort anywhere near the 400+ Osetian hostages, mostly young children.
More on JIHAD IN CHECHNYA via Robert Spencer, including quotes from a "detailed Islamic theological treatise . . . calling upon Muslims to wage jihad in Chechnya, prepared by the Shariah Council of State Defense Council of Chechnya."
These "regulations concerning jihad according to the Word of the Most High" illustrate four cases (with reference to the Koran for each) where jihad is mandatory:
- "When ye meet the unbelievers in hostile array. . . "
- When the enemy enters a territory, city or village "where Muslims are living,"
- when a country's ruler mobilizes the men of "full legal age," and
- if Kafirs (i.e. infidels, non-Muslims) capture Muslims
"After reading this we hope it is clear that the war operations that Muslims are conducting against foreign aggressors in Chechnya are Jihad."
See also How Jihad Made Its Way to Chechnya, apparently published in the Washington Post in April of last year.