The article does mention the “ideology of global jihad” — we’ll give them that — but softens the assertion by saying the “youths” under its sway are “driven by poverty.” The problem there is, of course, that the jihadist ideology does not depend on poverty, which is why we see so many well-off or even privileged jihadists who defy that stereotype — the would-be Time Square jihadist, for one. For the eager jihadist, there is always an excuse or grievance on which to deflect responsibility.
“Blasts, shootings kill five in Russia’s N.Caucasus,” from Reuters, June 4:
Near the town of Malgobek in Ingushetia, a policeman was killed and 25 people injured when a second bomb exploded in a shop bombed earlier in the day, a police spokesman told Reuters.
Police at the scene told Reuters an insurgent was also killed in a gunfight that ensued between officers and militants.
In a separate incident, a woman selling vodka from a kiosk was shot dead in Malgobek by unidentified gunmen, sources close to the police said.
The mainly Muslim North Caucasus is plagued by violence. Youths, driven by poverty and the ideology of global jihad, stage attacks almost daily. Many want to carve out a separate sharia state where strict Islam is practiced.
Kiosk sellers have been targeted in the past for selling alcohol by Islamist militants wanting to enforce sharia law in Ingushetia….