While the Russians do their best to cozy up to the Iranian mullahs who are helping make this jihad possible. From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, :
A man presenting himself as the leader of the anti-Russian armed front in Kabardino-Balkaria today warned that the jihad, or “holy war,” was spreading across the entire North Caucasus region.
In an interview with the pro-independence Kavkaz-Center Chechen website, Anzor Astemirov assessed the 13 October raids on Kabardino-Balkaria’s capital Nalchik as a strategic success. “We’ve achieved our main objective. We finally and openly carried out the first step toward jihad,” Astemirov is reported to have said….
Russian officials say the October raids claimed the lives of more than 140 people, including 95 alleged militants. Astemirov and Basaev both said 37 militants were killed in the unrest.
Wait a minute, Ibrahim. They took the first step toward jihad and people were killed? But I thought only Islamophobes believed that jihad was anything but a spiritual struggle. This is all so confusing!