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Many killed in Russia bomb attack

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posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 05:13 PM
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Many killed in Russia bomb attack


news.bbc.co.uk

At least 20 people have been killed by a bomb at a police station in Russia's southern republic of Ingushetia.

The suicide attack in Nazran, Ingushetia's main city, injured more than 138 people, including children.

The republic borders Chechnya and has seen a spate of shootings, bombings and other attacks on police and government.

Ingushetia's leader blamed militants, but Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sacked the region's interior minister, saying the attack had been preventable.
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posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 05:13 PM
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This is the largest terrorist attack in Russia in several years, and demonstrates that rebels in the Caucasus are still very active. This can also be seen as a culmination of growing violence in the small province of Ingushetia, which had a number of attacks on police and assassination attempts against politicians in the last several months. In fact Ingushetia is now more dangerous and volatile than Chechnya.

The trend of these attacks is very worrying, and it would not be a surprise if the situation in the Caucasus continues to spiral out of control. There is no consensus on how many rebels still operate in the area, but it is safe to say that they are receiving some help from the outside.

It is interesting to note that the violence in Ingushetia steadily increased since the South Ossetia War last August. Georgia is known for being a transport point, and a safe zone for terrorist insurgents and arms shipments going into Chechnya and Ingushetia.

Today's attack hints that Ingushetia may be the next hotspot in the Caucasus. And with Georgia and South Ossetia very close by, the situation is made much more complex.

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posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 05:17 PM
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Whats Putin going to do? Send a large force in to stomp on the insurgents? Can the Russian forces afford another war?



posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 05:27 PM
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Originally posted by deltaboy
Whats Putin going to do? Send a large force in to stomp on the insurgents?


For one thing it is Medvedev that is in charge in situations like these, at least officially. There is no indication yet that a large force is needed, because although the attack is devastating the reported number of rebels operating in the area is not that large - 400-600 according to official figures. Of course it may be significantly higher in reality.

So far Medvedev's actions included sacking the governor of Ingushetia, and he will probably appoint a new, more hardline figure, who will beef up internal security. And stomping out the insurgents will not be easy, no matter how many troop you send in. They are mostly hiding out in remote mountains.



Originally posted by deltaboy
Can the Russian forces afford another war?


The Russians can send in the Chechen special forces battalions, which are comprised of highly trained veteran fighters who kept peace in Chechnya more or less for the past several years. There likely won't be an all out war, but the rebels might be able to recruit from the population which will bolster their numbers and enable them to wage a prolonged conflict.



posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 05:56 PM
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1. Ingushetia has been a hotbed of insurgent activity for quite sometime now. Daily attacks and ethnic tension has been rife for a couple years now..

2. Chechen Leader Doku Umarov said this year they would be on the offensive and obviously he wasnt kidding... when the russians ended the second chechen war earlier this year, they said only 450 insurgents remained active in the Caucases.

3. I dont see the situation spiraling anymore out of control than it already is unless the caucasas emirate has a huge surge in recruits. Chechen President Kadyrov already has authority to send his forces into ingushetia to quell the rebellion he cant even control in his own republic.. Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia seem to the hotbeds in the insurgency.

4. of course georgia is going to support the emirate, we all know georgia and russia hate one another and what do nations usually do when they are not a war... proxy war, support the others insurgencies.. just like we support the MeK and Jundallah in Iran.. Georgia supports the Caucasas Emirate forces, Russia Supports the Abkhaz and South Ossetians..



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