Skip to comments.Umarov Calls on All Russia’s Muslims to Join Jihad
Posted on 05/28/2012 12:23:52 AM PDT by bruinbirdman
It appears the Caucasus Emirates representatives finally realized that it is no longer enough to talk about worldwide jihad and position the war in the Caucasus as part of it. Caucasus Emirate websites normally provide information about jihadist achievements around the world in countries and territories such as Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Kashmir and so on. However, the leadership of the North Caucasus insurgency now realizes that the regions ordinary residents are not interested in what is going on in Yemen or Sudan: they are much more concerned with what is happening in neighboring Georgia and Azerbaijan, as the latter are closer to home and more familiar.
Caucasian Conference, Istanbul, May 13 (Source: caucasiaconference.com)
May 2012 was probably thought of as an exceptional month as the North Caucasian jihadists planned an event that would illuminate the unity of the Muslims in the North Caucasus. On May 13, 2012, a seminar took place in Istanbul that changed its title several times over the past several weeks. Information about plans to hold an international conference at the University of the Fatih district in Istanbul first appeared on the Internet. The Fatih district is known to be the home to various Muslim organizations and committees that help the North Caucasians in their struggle against Russia. The event was dubbed the Conference of Caucasian Diasporas, but on its first day, the event was renamed the Caucasian Congress (http://nohchipress.info/?p=6319). Turkish organization Imkander, which positions itself as a humanitarian and human rights-oriented institution, assisted in the preparations for the conference (www.imkander.org.tr/).
In fact, the title Conference of Caucasus Diasporas would have been the most appropriate option since the events participants were made up of Caucasus Emirate supporters. There were far fewer than the stated 450 delegates present at the conference; counting women and children who came to the conference, as the jihadi websites did, was misleading. Yet, the importance of this event did not depend on how many people attended. Even if there had been only a couple dozen participants, it would still have been noteworthy since it was the first conference of its kind to be organized by the Caucasus Emirate and held abroad. The conference was designed to show the unified support of the Caucasus diasporas for the Caucasus Emirate and recognize its leader, Doku Umarov, as the only legitimate authority in the North Caucasus. All of the speakers at the conference expressed support for the Caucasus Emirate and its leader.
The conference also had some embarrassing moments. Those participants who had been taken in by the initial title of the conference and who came to report on human rights violations in Russia were subsequently forced to distance themselves from the event. For example, a human rights activist from Finland, Elena Maglevannaya, did just that, refusing to support the Caucasus Emirate in writing. Maglevannaya converted to Islam and has been actively engaged in assisting Chechens who are in Russian prisons (http://kavkazcenter.com/russ/content/2012/05/19/90668.shtml). The presence of Alexander Kvakhadze, the representative of the Circassian Cultural Center in Georgia, at the conference was also out of place, although his report was on the tragedy of the Circassians.
The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted indignantly to the Caucasian Congress in Istanbul, saying in an official statement that it was unacceptable for conferences that threaten the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation to be held in Turkey (www.rosbalt.ru/main/2012/05/18/982487.html). Moscows angry reaction indicated that the conference organizers had achieved their goal. The conference stressed that Doku Umarovs authority in the North Caucasus was the only legitimate force in the region. Moreover, the conference took place despite the official designation of the Caucasus Emirate as a terrorist organization by the United States and the United Nations (http://rusmission.org/17/1/2056). Consequently the events organizers practically challenged the international community, disagreeing with its judgment. The conference organizers were also indignant about being ignored by the Russian and pro-democracy Chechen media. Representatives of the Caucasus Emirate who were behind the conference accused the pro-democracy Chechen leaders of showing criminal disregard for their event.
Meanwhile, the North Caucasus jihadist leader followed up on the initiative of his supporters in Istanbul by addressing the Chechen people to explain his position and to ask for a favor. Umarov stated that the militants fought for the Chechen people and asked that Chechens stop making divisive statements, adding that if Chechens were not actively assisting the insurgency it would be helpful if they at least abstained from obstructing the insurgents. The tone of Umarovs video recording and certain points he made indicated that his address was directed against Russian policies in the North Caucasus in general and Chechnya in particular. In his eight minute address, the insurgent leader emphasized unity with the people something that had not been heard from him since 2007 (www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwHYtD4O6is).
Also, in a separate six-minute video, Umarov called on Russian citizens, in particular the Muslim population of the Russian Federation, to support jihad against the government (http://kavkazcenter.com/russ/content/2012/05/22/90743.shtml). Umarov gave the example of a young man who accompanied him in fighting for 18 years, becoming like a son. Now, the young man has his own son who will join the jihad. Umarov warned Vladimir Putin and his entourage that they would not be able to stop the war and deprive the militants of the desire for independence from Russia as new generations of Chechen youth join the resistance. For the first time, the Caucasus Emirate leader mentioned the independence of Chechnya among his goals along with an all-out jihad. Since 2007, the year that the Caucasus Emirate was first established, the word independence has been all but absent from Umarovs vocabulary.
Both video recordings to the Chechens and Muslims of Russia were made against the backdrop of a mass gathering of people. The recordings were probably made at the meeting of commanders of the Western Chechnya sector that took place at a militant base on April 29. Umarov was flanked by his naib (deputy) Emir Khamzat on the left and by Emir Zaurbek on the right. Emir Zaurbek came from the group under Hussein Gakaevs command in eastern Chechnya.
The jihadists appear determined to launch an ideologically-charged campaign. For a long time, the North Caucasus jihadi ideology was dominated by the constructs of separatist ideologue Movladi Udugov who operates the Kavkazcenter website. Udugov scored a propaganda victory during the first Chechen war in 1994-1996. It is likely that more events, which strive to demonstrate greater international support for the ideas of the Caucasus Emirate, will follow.
However, there is a significant barrier: the Caucasus Emirates members adhere to the principle that he who is not on our side is our enemy, which will not find much acceptance among an Internet audience. Therefore, supporters of the Caucasus Emirate will need to stop indulging in placing labels on everybody else and instead look for common interests, such as focusing on the primary goal of making the North Caucasus independent of the Russian Federation.
The Russian military had a very hard time against the Chechens in the 1990’s.
It depends on whether one is looking at the First or Second Chechen war. Both wars are actually very apt for the West, since they show the wrong way to fight a war against insurgents, and a right way to fight a war against insurgents.
In the First Chechen War, the Russians got hit and hit hard. The Russian defeat (and to be honest it was a defeat)was due to several reasons, ranging from a very poor C&C structure (some troops were even refusing to fight and there was a lot of infighting between different units), there were not enough troops, the troops that were there were ill-trained conscripts, the tactics used (particularly in urban warfare) were sorry (e.g. sending tanks and BMPs unsupported into urban terrain is basically sacrificial), and the equipment was poor.
Fast-forward to the Second Chechen War. The Chechens got decimated! The Russians started with massive air attacks (between August to September 1999 the Russians had made 1,700 sorties), which totally softened up the Chechens. It does appear that the Russians had copied Western tactics. Following that, Russia's prime minister (the newly posted Putin) gave orders for the land war to commence. Rather than sending wet-behind-the-ear conscripts, the Russians sent in their better trained troops, including special forces, who were backed by artillery and air assault. They also gave them their best weapons.
Result? The Chechens couldn't even mount up any effective defense. When they tried to mount up some strong defense of Vedeno and Shatoy the Russians simply started using Fuel-Air bombs (basically daisy-cutters). The only real stand the Chechens did was in the mountains, where they (to their credit) did a good job for almost two weeks, killing over 50 Russians (and losing hundreds of their own men) before it all fell apart.
Basically, when fighting an insurgency it is important to realize one is in a war. You cannot send people will poor equipment and poorer training. However, if you send in the right people in the right numbers with the right equipment, and you are not too concerned about public perception, no insurgency can survive. The problem with insurgency, for the West, is that people are too afraid of what the media will say. Take that aspect out and the US could crush any insurgency in a matter of weeks ....there would just be a lot of collateral damage.
I was in Russia in January 2002.
The Americans had started bombing Afghanistan just a couple months before that. The Americans were very, very careful not to cause any collateral damage. Why, they even used solid concrete blocks to crush the bad guys rather than blowing them up with explosive bombs in order not to offend anybody.
So, here I am, an American in Russia in 2002 watching the hotel’s newsfeed on the TV. All the Euroweenies were wringing their hands about the Barbaric Americans, bombing Afghanistan. Oh, the Barabaric American imperialists!
So, I switched from the Euroweenie news to Russian news, where they had a segment on the war with Chechnya. So, the Russians surround a town with artillery and tanks. They leaflet the town with the following instructions.
“You have 48 hours to evacuate. You must have your papers in order and pass through the checkpoints. If your papers are not in order, you will be detained. If you try to avoid the checkpoints, you will be shot.”
When the 48 hour deadline lapsed, the aerial bombing and artillery shelling began. They destroyed everything. Houses, apartment buildings, schools, mosques, churches, hospitals, everything. Then they moved in with large earth-moving equipment bulldozing the smoldering wreckage. No looking for survivors.
The earth-movers were followed by tanks and ground troops. There was no resistance.
So this is going on in the Euroweenies’ back yard, but they are complaining about the Barbaric Americans.
However, even thinking of Total War is anathema. It is for the great unwashed, for the dregs of society that still cling to savage thoughts and baser instincts. Well, when true barbarians head for the gates of the 'civilized ones' then it will be interesting to see what they think of their 'higher path.'
There is a reason my FR moniker is 'spetsnaz' ...it stems from the real Spetznaz forces, and something they did in Lebanon that made the radicals there not bother any Russian diplomat for years. It happened when some Russian diplomats were kidnapped, and the Spetznaz were sent to rescue them. What they did (an internet search will show) had immediate results.
In Total War, when you take action against a hostile force it has to be all or nothing. No half steps, no measured action. Simply hitting at an irritating fly with an artillery shell. Anything, or anyone, who survives will NEVER try that again. It will be a generational memory that will take some time to be overcome.
***..is that people are too afraid of what the media will say.****
My thoughts are that when the first newspaperman or reporter begins to ring his hands about hurting the enemy, that person should immediately be press ganged into a front line unit in that particular war. This should also include some congress critters.
Russia does not have time to defend itself from its own internal jihadist enemies because they are too busy subjugating the Christian nation of Georgia to punish them for being America’s friend. Putin squanders Russia’s wealth trying to rebuild the Soviet Union he misses while the rest of Russia crumbles to pieces.
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