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Russia Moving to Eliminate Chechen Rebel Leaders

After years of pursuit, Russian forces in recent weeks have killed or captured several leaders in the Chechen separatist movement that has defied Russian rule for the past decade, including an Arab commander who reportedly died in a bombing last week. A Chechen rebel general and the commander of Arab guerrillas fighting the Russians were reported killed in separate incidents. A former Chechen president reportedly acting as the rebels’ chief Middle East fund-raiser was assassinated in a car bombing. And the defense minister of the rump Chechen government turned himself in after Russians allegedly kidnapped his family to force him to surrender. The string of operations gives President Vladimir Putin a moment of victory in his long-running campaign to pacify the turbulent mountainous republic. But it remains unclear whether it will be enough to decapitate the rebel movement, particularly with its two highest-ranking leaders, Aslan Maskhadov and Shamil Basayev, still at large. Some analysts predicted the operations would simply foster a younger, more radical leadership. Full Story

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