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Zelimkhan Chatiashvili, 21, from the Pankisi Gorge, is said to have been killed in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State, and is reportedly the eighth Georgian to have been killed in this way. A member of the Pankisi elders council called the area a "slowly ticking time bomb." An estimated 50 to 100 Georgians from Pankisi are fighting in Syria, including Omar al Shishani a.k.a. Tarkhan Batirashvili, the Islamic State's military commander in Syria, who was added to the US' terrorist blacklist in September.
The government is investigating, with the help of the FBI, the production of a video that threatened Georgian troops and the president and purported to come from the Taliban. The video was uploaded from a computer in Georgia to YouTube on June 6, hours before an attack on Georgian troops in Afghanistan. Speculation has arisen that the video was made by Russia or by Georgian critics of President Saakashvili.
President Saakashvili again denied allegations that the previous government had sent as many as 120 Chechens living in exile in Europe to join the North Caucasus insurgency. A Russian media report alleged that Boston Marathon bomber Tamarlan Tsarnaev had attended seminars by Georgia's Caucasus Fund.
Eleven "militants" and three special forces soldiers were killed during fighting in the village of Lapanquri near the border with Dagestan. Six more fighters are said to be surrounded.