SWJ Blog Post | April 19, 2013 - 8:23am
In light of the allegation that the Boston bombing suspects may be of Chechen origin, you may find the following articles as helpful background in getting some context on recent events in Chechnya.
The Russian Counterinsurgency Operation in Chechnya Part 1: Winning the Battle, Losing the War, 1994 – 1996
The Russian Counterinsurgency Operation in Chechnya Part 2: Success, But at What Cost? 1999 – 2004
The Russian COIN Campaign in North Caucasus
The Process of Islamic Radicalization in Intra-State Conflict: Insurgent Grievance and Leadership in the First Chechen War and the Tajik Civil War
Peter J. Munson is a Marine officer, author, and Middle East specialist. He is the author of War, Welfare, and Democracy: Rethinking America's Quest for the End of History (Potomac, 2013) and Iraq in Transition: The Legacy of Dictatorship and the Prospects for Democracy (Potomac, 2009) and . A frequent contributor to multiple journals and blogs, including his own, he was also the Editor of the Small Wars Journal from January 2012 to June 2013. You can follow his Twitter feed @peterjmunson and find his LinkedIn profile here. He is leaving the Marine Corps in summer 2013.
In the 90's I oversaw a USMC project interviewing Chechen players in support of the Marine Corps' urban operations effort - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09592310208559190?journalCode...
Are they in fact ethnic Chechens? News reports state they are from Dagestan. The history of Dagestan is different than that of Chechnya.
One is named after the old Turko-Mongol conqueror, Timur. Their last name appears Russian in origin.
Appears clear now that they are of Chechen origin based on reporting and the uncle's statement.
Fair point and I do know that Dagestan and Chechnya have different histories. I haven't seen anything saying they are from Dagestan, but haven't been following closely since the first reports this AM. I've modified the language above and David's council threads include Dagestan info. Unfortunately, I don't think we have any stand-alone articles on Dagestan.
There are a number of SWC threads on matters Chechen, available to non-members via the Search facility.
1) The Threat from Swarm Attacks (catch all), which started with a CTC Sentinel article: http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/the-threat-from-swarm-attacks-case-studies...
2) A long running thread The North Caucasus: Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia
3) A parallel thread Terrorism in Russia (merged thread)
4) Re Afghan reports a thread Imaginary Chechens Attack!