CK: Condition of soldier wounded in Chechnya remains grave. - Re: Ichk.info: Occupiers blown up in the Shatoi district, two injured
- Caucasian Knot
Condition of soldier wounded in Chechnya remains grave
Apr 23 2013
Two soldiers from the military units of the Ministry of Defence of Russia, who were wounded in the evening of April 21 as a result of landmine explosion in the mountainous Shatoi District of Chechnya, are still in the hospital. The condition of one of them is estimated as grave.
Let us remind you that the incident occurred in the mountainous and forested countryside, several kilometres from the village of Sharo-Argun. The contract soldiers, who were blown up by an explosive device, carried out ambush activities. Both of them got injuries of varying severity and were placed in a military hospital on the base of Khankala near Grozny.
At present, the victims are still in hospital.
"They got shrapnel wounds of their legs and body. The condition of one of them is grave, but stable," the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was told by a source in the military commandant's office of the republic.
According to the source's information, the second soldier got minor injuries, and his condition does not cause any physicians' concern.
Author: Muslim Ibragimov; Source: CK correspondent
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Thoughts on the 'Jihadification' of Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Huffington Post. May 25, 2010.
Brian Glyn Williams. Professor of Islamic History, University of
On Sunday two incredibly well informed FBI special agents arrived at my
house here in Boston wanting to know anything I could teach them about
the process of jihadi radicalization, as well as Chechens, a topic I
covered in my class on Chechnya at the University of
Massachusetts-Dartmouth titled "Fire and Sword in the Caucasus: A
History of the Muslim Highlanders of Chechnya." Besides immediately
directing them to what is for me the most impactful and heart wrenching
book I have ever read in my life, Khasan Baiev's The Oath. A Surgeon
Under Fire, (the only book in English written by a Chechen, a doctor,
which tells the story of how he got caught up in the war with Russia
that destroyed his world, but yet still kept the Hippocratic Oath and
tended to Russian soldiers and even Chechnya's most feared
warrior-terrorist Shamil Basayev) I directed them to my earlier articles
"Shattering the Chechen Al Qaeda Myth. Part I and II.
These articles systematically demolished the misguided notion that the
outgunned, Sovietized, Sufi-mystic Chechen rebels defending their
mountain homeland from the mighty Russian Federation had somehow
developed a foreign policy which bizarrely led them to become the evil
henchmen of the Saudi Arabian Wahhabi fundamentalist terrorist Osama Bin
Laden and his Pashtun tribal Taliban allies in Afghanistan. I myself
personally traveled to Afghanistan in 2003 and interviewed numerous
Taliban prisoners of war held by Northern Alliance Uzbek General Dostum
to see if they had ever seen a real Chechen fighter of the sort reported
to be the vanguard of their armies (see my photos here). None of them
had ever seen or heard of Chechens; it was like looking for the Chechen
While the Chechens had engaged in terrorism against Russia in response
to that country's genocidal war against their small breakaway republic,
they did not see the distant United States of America as the enemy and
had certainly not traveled across Eurasia en masse to Afghanistan to
fight us. As deplorable as Chechen terrorism was, it was directed
against Russia, a country that had been their hereditary enemy since it
brutally conquered them in 1861 (over a 120 years before Bin Laden
declared his jihad on the U.S.), not the distant USA, which they
admired. In fact the Chechens appreciated it when the President George
W. Bush administration condemned the Russian Federation for human rights
violations against their people.
While the small number of Chechen rebels were later radicalized in the
2000s and came to see their war for national independence as a defensive
jihad, they had no reason to attack distant America. For a view into
their world see the Chechen rebels' website Kavkaz Center.
Which brings us to the older and more dominant of the Tsarnaev brothers,
Tamerlan. Why would a Chechen immigrant to America like Tamerlan
Tsarnaev carry out the senseless Boston bombings if it did not dovetail
with the objectives of the Chechen fighters or terrorists? I believe it
was his own personal journey into jihadism which has been duplicated by
other young Muslims in Britain (site of the 7/7 bombings of the Tube
metro system and buses by radicalized Pakistani Brits) and France (site
of several terrorist attacks by radicalized North African French
citizens). Like many young men, I theorize that Tamerlan was searching
for an identity and sense of self. While he was previously known to
smoke marijuana and box, he ultimately found himself in a radical strain
of Islam. But it was not the Islam most Muslims would recognize, it was
almost a separate cult known as jihadism which seeks to construct what
has been called the "Sixth Pillar of Islam," i.e the fard (obligation)
of jihad (there are actually only five pillars in Islam).
News reports also state that Tamerlan identified with jihad warriors in
the Russian Muslim province of Dagestan (next to Chechnya) whose videos
were found online. Among them was Abu Dujana who stated "If you think
Islam can be spread without spilling a single drop of blood, you're
wrong," and "only cowards and hypocrites seek excuses not to join the
If this scenario sounds preposterous to you, you should see how well
produced some jihad videos are with their heroic nasheeds (jihad songs)
and riveting footage. See this typical jihad video created by Chechen
rebels fighting against the Russian army and imagine you are seeing it
through the eyes of a young American Muslim (and Chechen, with all the
warrior mystique baggage that entails considering that tiny Rhode
Island-sized Chechnya beat transcontinental Russia in the 1994-96
Russo-Chechen War) looking for heroes, a sense of purpose and identity,
and deeper faith in a commercialized, secular Boston. See also the
extraordinary video found here of Chechens in combat.
These sorts of action videos may have acted as "gateway drug" to what I
call the "jihadification" of Tamerlan. The Chechenn warriors in the
above videos are fighting not just for their homeland and families...
but their faith. While some young American men emulate gangster rap,
play violent video games, join gangs etc., these sorts of online video
lead to the glorification of jihad for some born again Muslims or those
young Muslim men seeking a greater sense of purpose. It gives them a
cause larger than themselves.
News reports state that Tamerlan may have also been drawn to the online
preaching of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical Yemeni American who joined Al
Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and became known as the "Bin Laden of the
Internet" for running Inspire Magazine with Pakistani American Samir
Khan (which notably taught viewers how to "Build a Bomb in the Kitchen
of Your Mom", i.e. a pressure cooker bomb like the one used in Boston).
This seems to fit this radicalization-by-Internet paradigm that is well
established. Here is a video by al-Awlaki stating that jihad is more
important than the haj (the pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the five pillars
of Islam), a proposition that few, if any moderate Muslims would agree with.
All this may have led the jihadified young Tamerlan on a recent
spiritual journey back to his homeland of Dagestan, where many Chechens
live. I have had Irish American friends who have similarly re-identified
themselves with their old homeland and traveled there seeking to find
something deeper in their identity. A sort of diasporic attachment to a
homeland outside of America that makes them stand out and gives them a
non-U.S. melting pot identity that is special. Dagestan may have
provided Tamerlan with such a reattachment that had a seductive,
militant edge to it. Dagestan, which is a Russian Muslim republic next
to Chechnya, has been wracked by jihadi violence as extremists, some of
them Wahhabis, try to overthrow the government there and create an
Caucasus-wide Emirate (religious state). This exciting millieu may have
further inspired Tamerlan and he may have interacted with like-minded
jihadis there, becoming further inspired to carry out his terrorist
attack in the process. It is doubtful he practiced to build bombs on his
own in an urban Boston setting.
It seems that the older Tamerlan then converted his brother Dzhokar to
the fanatical cause, much as John Allen Mohammad (the 2002 Beltway
Sniper) brought along the 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo to be his
accomplice in his similarly senseless terror rampage.
One must also take note of his name, Tamerlan, a name unfamiliar to most
Americans. It honors the memory of the original Tamerlane (Timur i
Leng), a 14th century Turko Mongol Muslim warlord who brutally conquered
most of Central Eurasia. Similarly, the younger Dzhokar brother was most
likely named for Djohar Dudayev, the first president of Chechnya who led
his people in fighting for independence from Russia after 1991. The
original Djohar (?????? in Russian, the same spelling in that language
as Dzhokar) was killed by a Russian air strike while talking on the
phone with Russians about peace (he was tricked by the Russians who
homed in on his phone signal). The Chechens subsequently renamed their
capital, which had once been Grozny (a Russian word meaning "Terrible"),
Djohar in his honor. Dzhokar and Tamerlan are thus two names with some
heavy significance and import for jihadified Muslims of Chechen ancestry
who may have found themselves drawn to the cult of Muslim holy war at
the expense of other less radical aspects of the faith...most notably
the passage in the Koran that states "killing one innocent person is
like killing all humanity."
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