Author Archives: Benjamin Shapiro

Russia

Security forces killed Anzor Astemirov, the leader of the Islamist Yarmuk-Jamaat and mastermind of the 2005 attack on Kabardino-Balkaria’s capital. Astermirov claimed to be the strategist who proposed a unified Islamic insurgency across all of the north Caucasus that abolished recognition of republic borders.


Russia

Police killed Abu Haled in an ongoing operation in the Vedeno district of Chechnya. Haled was an Arab fighter who came to Chechnya 13 years ago and was responsible for technical and psychological training of insurgents, and may have been Doku Umarov’s security chief and head of his group’s counter-intelligence operations. Six insurgents and three […]


Russia

Radical Islamic scholar Said Buryatsky is believed to be among six killed in a shootout in Ingushetia today. He is thought to be the spiritual mastermind and adviser behind a wave of suicide bombings that have plagued the North Caucasus in recent months. Buryatsky was a well-known star in Russia’s Salafi circles, most notably for […]


Russia

Insurgents bombed a main pipeline in Dagestan, leaving about 200,000 people without gas. Dagestan’s gas transport company said it would start reducing gas supplies. An explosion also ripped through a cargo train in Ingushetia, but it is not yet known whether it was a deliberate attack.


Russia

Lieutenant-Colonel Shapi Aligadzhiyev, the leader of the special task force police unit, was shot dead in the capital of Dagestan by two gunmen today. One of the gunmen is thought to have been injured and fled the scene; the other was killed by guards. Aligadzhiyev’s death is the latest in a slew of high-profile assassinations […]


Tajikistan

Four Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan fighters were killed and another was captured in the conservative northern region of Tajikistan known as Ferghana Valley. One security officer was injured during a three-hour raid on a house in which militants were hiding. The men had been wanted since 2006 on suspicion of previous assassinations, including the killing […]


Russia

Police killed three insurgents in a shootout in Dagestan, near the border of Chechnya. In Chechnya, one insurgent was killed and two more were detained in a police operation in Achkhoi-Martan district. In Ingushetia, a car rigged with explosives and parked near a bus stop in the city of Nazran was defused by an explosive […]


Russia

Six people were injured when a female suicide bomber detonated beside a law enforcement vehicle in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Suicide bombings have been on the rise since Doku revived the Riyad us Saliheen martyr brigade in late April. They have sporadically increased since the start of Ramadan, following Doku’s speech in which he […]