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Chechen Warlord Issues Warning to Russia

Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, who claimed responsibility for last month’s Beslan school hostage-taking, warned Sunday that he was ready to fight Russia for a decade and insisted civilians remained a fair target.But Basayev also said the rebels would observe “international law” if Russia also made such a commitment. The Chechens have accused the Russians of human rights violations and war crimes. “If (President Vladimir) Putin doesn’t want peace, we’ll wait until he leaves or if we can we’ll send him directly to hell,” Basayev said in an interview published on Chechenpress.com, a Chechen Web site. “Five years of war have gone quickly, another five or ten years will go just as fast.”Full Story

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