He also called upon his “brothers and sisters in Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab countries” to “create a revolution, and by this I mean instating the word of Islam… the law of Allah.”
“UPDATE 1-Russian rebel calls for jihad, praises Arab unrest,” by Amie Ferris-Rotman for Reuters, March 3:
MOSCOW, March 3 (Reuters) – Chechen-born rebel leader Doku Umarov, Russia’s most wanted man, called on Muslims throughout the country to wage jihad against the state in videos posted on websites on Thursday….
“Spring has come, the end of February, so I ask you, brothers, to activate jihad, eliminate the enemies of Allah,” Umarov said in an eight-minute, Russian-language video posted on several insurgency-affiliated sites.
“I want to appeal to those … everywhere in Russia where there are Muslim brothers today … I call on you to open up the front in all places,” Umarov said. Sporting a long black beard, he was flanked by two men and was filmed in snow-covered woods….
Umarov, 46, in a separate video, urged his “brothers and sisters in Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab countries” to “create a revolution, and by this I mean instating the word of Islam… the law of Allah”….
He has said he ordered the bombing in January of Russia’s busiest airport in which 37 people were killed, as well as twin suicide bomb attacks on the Moscow metro last year in which 40 died….
In a sign the insurgency could spread, Umarov said he wanted Russia’s “occupied Muslim lands” such as the oil and petrochemicals producing regions of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, to join in jihad.
“This is a total war,” he said before raising his index finger to the camera….
Yes, but only one side looks at it that way.