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TA-ORGANIZATIONS: Chechen Seperatist Deny Involvement in Attacks

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posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 02:37 PM
The leader of the Chechen seperatists says his group is not reponsibile for the attacks that have plagued Russia in the last week.
Zakayev said that “Chechen resistance forces led by Ichkeria President Aslan Maskhadov have nothing to do with the hostage crisis in North Ossetia”. He called the events a sad fact and condemned actions against Russian children and civilians.

Zakayev believes that the twin aircraft crash last week, the blast near Rizhskaya metro station on 31 August and today’s events in North Ossetia are links in the same chain and that “the same power that wants to destabilize the situation in the North Caucasus region” is behind them.

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This may very well be true that the main Chechen seperatist movement is not responsible for organizing these attacks. They may have been organized and executed by an Al Qaida related organization. The Chechen leader however, is hinting that the Russian government it's self is responsible for the recent wave of terrorism.
Officials also told FOX News that 10 of the 20 terrorists killed by Russian soldiers were "Arab mercenaries."

Jihadists from the Middle East have joined the Chechen uprising since it began after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, but their numbers have always been small, according to Alexei Malashenko at the Carnegie Moscow Center. Chechen fighters, who come from a less restrictive Muslim tradition, have also tended to chafe under the Arab fighters' extremism.

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The presence of Arab fighters at the school would be significant. This would allow Russia to undertake it's own "War On Terror" specifically targeting Chechnya.

I don't believe that a group wanting to legitimize it's struggle for independence would target children in such a way. Suicide bombings at train stations and bombing aircraft do not directly target children in the same way the most recent attack has.

The unfortunate ending to the hostage stand off will no doubt be a trigger for Moscow to reign in the rebelious region.

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[edit on 9-3-2004 by Valhall]

posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 02:43 PM
Did anyone really expect Zakaev to take repsponsibility? He already went through extradition hearings (from England to Moscow) on murder charges and being associated with THIS would get his arse in the Russian court like real quick. So color me susprised he distanced his govt from this.

posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 03:04 PM
What is really going on? The Chechen seperatist deny responsibility and there may be a link to Al Qaida. The missing ingredient is who is in control of the operation. Logic would tell me that the Chechen seperatist would be running the operation with the assistance of Arab jihadists. If this is not the case than Al Qaida is in control with the assistance of Chechen seperatist. Whatever the case the Russian government will respond and join our fight to defeat the jihadist.

posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 03:17 PM
The Russians have been fighting jihadists for the past 10 years, both Chechen Wahhabi militants and tons of Arabs deployed in Chechnya. Sentaor McCain was insisting that Russia negotiates with these fighters.

posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 05:38 PM
The Russians have been fighting Jihadists for much more than 10 years. At least since 1979 when they invaded Afghanistan.

posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 06:32 PM
What a lot of people are missing is the fact that Zakayev is saying that he believes the Russian government is responsible for all of the recent terror attacks.

The Chechens are saying we didn't do it, the Russians did.
If the Russians did do it, I believe it would be so that they could justify a major escalation in their war with Chechnya.

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