1-Are “counter- terrorism” experts telling us their tactics have changed ?
2-And that they are employing ethnic Russians ? In response to Russia cleaning house of their Islamist mercs?
3-Are they hoping that Russia has not caught on to that shift or alternative to the Islamist mercenary?
4- Or is the whole ethnic slav angle a means to foment division in Russia?
If you read or reread the post from January 2011 you should/would be aware that an ethnic Russian allegedly attacked a Moscow airport. But there were some problems with the alleged attacker in that bombing.
Flashback: Suspect in Moscow Airport bombing, reported dead months ago?!
Security forces are searching for an ethnic Russian.
Who is Razdobudko?
"Razdobudko is a Russian-born adherent of the fundamentalist Wahhabi branch of Islam, which is popular among terrorists"
Interesting character. Though he had been reported dead previously, allegedly killed by Islamists
And the remains at the airport did not match his. Assuming we are talking DNA.
Now onto the latest:
Experts fear Russia attacks are terrorist probes ahead of Sochi Olympics
As usual I will highlight the interesting bits
Several leading counter-terrorism experts fear that the two terror attacks in Volgograd, Russia that killed at least 34 people on Sunday and Monday --and another suicide bombing in the nearby Pyatigorsk that killed three people Friday -- are probes in advance of a larger attack against either the Sochi Olympics or Moscow.
That may make them vulnerable to the new strain of Russian terrorism -- streams of jihadis emerging from training camps in the Dagestan forests who have no leaders and no real organizations and are thus hard to find or stop.This is a nice narrative, but, it's nonsensical. If there are training camps then there is organization and leadership. There has to be. Who is training fighters? Where is the funding coming from for these training camps in the Dagestan forests? These camps are not existing in a vacuum. There has to be some leadership and some structure. With a goal.
Added Malashenko, "If for instance, Russian security services are concentrated around the Olympics in Sochi that will facilitate terrorist activity in other cities of the federation, including Moscow."
The woman in the first bombing was the distraction. The man was the bomber.
But, are they participating willingly? Or have they been kidnapped and forced into these situations? I don't know? It has to be considered? Many innocent persons were used as suicide bombers in Syria.
"We are not talking about the regime, we are taking about interethnic conflict. Terrorists thrive on ethnic Slavs turning against the people from the Caucasus."Inter ethnic conflict? That 's an old card being played isn't it?
Absurd op ed from Gulf News- Putin cannot pursue peace through war
Only NATO can do that ....
Oliver Bullough is the author of Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus.Caucasus Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting- Institute for war and peace reporting? Sounds like the International crisis group- I see Source Watch called the Institute for war and peace reporting a compromised source- Can't imagine why.... (yes, I can)
Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is a journalist training and news media support organization focusing on the Balkans, Afghanistan, and the former Soviet Union.