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Warlord message pushes new Chechen leader

Rebel warlord Shamil Basayev called on Chechens to recognize a field commander and fundamentalist Islamic judge as their new leader following the killing by Russia of Aslan Maskhadov, according to a message posted Thursday on a rebel Web site. Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev is relatively unknown outside rebel circles, leading to speculation that his ascension would leave Basayev – whose radicalism has sometimes put him at odds even with his own militants – effectively in charge of the Chechen rebellion. Full Story

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