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allemand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 09:45 AM
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3. BBC Analysis: The hostage-takers
The "horror of the Beslan attack - in which the primary victims were innocent children - indicates that Russia's enemies in the North Caucasus are becoming increasingly radical.

Reliable reports from Chechnya suggest that Mr Maskhadov, though he remains the titular chief of the rebels, has been sidelined by radicals such as Basayev and Umarov and Saudi-born Abu Al-Walid - the leader of the Chechen Islamists, and reportedly the distributor of funding from the Muslim world."


There were reports in April that Abu Al-Walid/Abdul al Azziz Al-Ghamdi had been killed, but "with previous reports of his death having proved unfounded, some remain skeptical".
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