"It is not a matter of 'if', it is a matter of where and when and how many will be slaughtered at the Sochi Olympics". The number of terror groups active in the area near to Sochi the site of the Olympics is seven. Most experts agree the total number is hard to pin down. Generally speaking, the organizations sprang from separatist groups in Chechnya and Dagestan that battled for independence from Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some of those groups later morphed into radical Islamic terror organizations. The U.S. State Department has identified one, the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade, as having links to al Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based terrorist group known as AQAP. Other groups include the Special Purpose Islamic Regiment, the Riyadus-Salikhin, the Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs, the Yarmuk Jamaat, the Ingush Jamaat and Shariah Jamaat. Of those, experts note that Riyadus-Salikhin is most often associated with suicide bombers.
MUSLIM TERRORISTS KILL SCHOOL KIDS, BESLAN, RUSSIA – Standing in a school gym, Nadezhda Gurieva blows a kiss to a pair of photographs on the wall and wipes away a tear. The pictures, two among hundreds of innocent faces, are of her daughter and son. Vera was 12, Boris 10 when the bomb went off. Nadezhda remembers the terrorists bursting into the school with their masks and guns and explosives and cruelty. It was Sept. 1, 2004 – the first day of school – and it was supposed to be a celebration, complete with students performing for their parents. "[Sept. 1] is always a holiday with music, with greetings, with presents," Nadezhda says, clasping her hands tightly together and giving a small shake of her head. "It is a great event all over Russia. It had been impossible to expect the horror that took place." And now, as Russia readies for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, every fresh news bulletin, every new security warning, every mention of danger, brings back a feeling of helplessness. For the terrorist collective that murdered her children and shattered her community – the Caucusus Emirate – is the same one that has now cast a cloud of fear over the Sochi Games.
In July 2013, Doku Umarov, leader of the Caucusus Emirate, released a video denouncing the Sochi Olympics. Filmed in a secret location, it was reminiscent of those made by Osama Bin Laden during the early stages of the Afghanistan conflict.
"They plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea," Umarov said in a widely quoted summary of his opposition to the Winter Games that start this week. "We as Mujahideen are required not to allow that, using any methods that Allah allows us." Umarov is not only Russia's most wanted man but also the subject of a $5 million bounty from the U.S. government's Rewards For Justice program.
Umarov is the successor of Shamil Basayev, the renegade leader who orchestrated the 2004 massacre in Beslan. A town of 36,000, Beslan is situated in Russia's southern tip about halfway between the Black and Caspian Seas, and some 400 miles from Sochi. Basayev is believed to have orchestrated a hostage situation that lasted three days, involved more than 1,100 civilians and ended with the death of 334 people, including the 186 children.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com