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  •  how so? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not following....

    Chechen radicals' beef AFAIK is with Russia, and radicals in Turkey (it seems to me) would be more likely focused on targets in the Mideast. The people that hate the US tend to come from other places, unless I'm mistaken....

    Thanks to the internet, bullshit now travels at the speed of light.

    by nota bene on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 03:45:07 AM PDT

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    •  Per wikipedia: (4+ / 0-)
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      Islam is the predominant religion in Chechnya. Chechens are overwhelmingly adherents to Sunni Islam,[39] the country having converted to Islam between the 16th and the 19th centuries. Due to historical importance, many Chechens are Sufis, of either the Qadiri or Naqshbandi orders. Most of the population follows either the Shafi'i, Hanafi,[40] or Maliki[41] schools of jurisprudence, fiqh. The Shafi'i school of jurisprudence has a long tradition among the Chechens,[42] and thus it remains the most practiced.[43]

      The once-strong Russian minority in Chechnya, mostly Terek Cossacks and estimated as numbering approximately 25,000 in 2012, are predominately Russian Orthodox, although presently only one church exists in Grozny. In August 2011, Archbishop Zosima of Vladikavkaz and Makhachkala performed the first mass baptism ceremony in the history of Chechen republic in the Terek River of Naursky District in which 35 citizens of Naursky and Shelkovsky districts were converted to Orthodoxy.[44]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      Of course we don't know if they're radical Islamists, but they could be.

      •  for a second or two, i thought they had spelled (3+ / 0-)
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        'cossacks' wrong! : )

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        by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 03:53:16 AM PDT

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      •  I get that much (3+ / 0-)

        but they've been fighting against the Russians for years; the US hasn't been involved with anything there. It doesn't make any sense to me. Unless there's some sort of crazy terrorist exchange program....

        Thanks to the internet, bullshit now travels at the speed of light.

        by nota bene on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 03:54:43 AM PDT

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        •  there is no shortage (0+ / 0-)

          of extremist JIhadist Chechens whose cause has widened beyond having beefs with Russia.  They've been active during the Arab Spring and  with many moving in a global Jihadist direction and aligning with al-Qaida affiliates.    I consider Chechen rebels to be a very likely case -- in my view, more plausible than Turkey  

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          by Delilah on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 04:35:32 AM PDT

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    •  al qaeda apparently actively recruits in that (4+ / 0-)
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      region because as caucasians, they can blend in easier.

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      by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 03:52:19 AM PDT

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