Jihad leader Doku Umarov said that Muslims should “use maximum force on the path of Allah to disrupt this Satanic dancing” — that is, the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Russians, he said, “plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on the territory of our land on the Black Sea, and we Mujahedeen are obliged not to permit that “” using any methods allowed us by the almighty Allah.”
“Russian special forces killed in Dagestan shoot-out,” from the BBC, January 15 (thanks to Maxwell):
Three members of Russia’s special forces have been killed and five wounded in a house siege near Khasavyurt in Dagestan, which also left four suspected militants dead.
Militants opened fire with machine-guns and grenades in a bid to escape under cover of darkness, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said.
One of those killed was suspected of organising a bomb attack last month.
Russia has been fighting Islamist militants in Dagestan for years.
It has stepped up security operations in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, due to open on 7 February in the Black Sea city of Sochi, 900km (560 miles) to the west of Khasavyurt.
Security forces have frequently cornered suspected Islamist militants in houses in Dagestan and other parts of the mainly Muslim North Caucasus but Tuesday night’s operation appears to have gone badly wrong for the besiegers.
When special forces from the Federal Security Service and interior ministry blocked off the house in the village of Karlanyurt, the occupants put up “fierce armed resistance”, the NAK reported on its website.
The special forces managed to stop the suspects escaping but at a cost to themselves of three dead commandos and five wounded, who sustained injuries “of varying gravity”….