- Akhmed Zakayev
July 6, 2006
Britain "continues to oppress our mothers and children, brothers and sisters from the east to the west in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya."
London bomber Shehzad Tanweer (on video)
July 10 2006
Death of Shamil Basayev
On July 9, the day before his reported death, the separatist Kavkazcenter.com website posted a statement from Basaev expressing the “enormous gratitude” of “the mujahideen of the Caucasus” toward “those who destroyed the diplomat-spies in Iraq” and calling the murder of the five Russian embassy employees in Iraq a “worthy response” to “the murder by Russian terrorists” of former Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI) President Zelimkhan Yandarbiev in Qatar in February 2004. The Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq claimed responsibility for the killing of the five Russians.(Chechnya Weekly, July 14)
July 11 2006
Mumbai bombings, in which at least 200 people died and over 700 were injured.
India suspects that operatives from Pakistan's ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) are behind the train bombings. Pakistan has long been a client state of the People's Republic of China, which in turn is strategically allied with Moscow.
Once Upon a Time in the West
July 12 2006
Hezbollah attack on Israel
See AIA's Michael Elbaz's study of The Great Secret of Russian Middle Eastern Policy, which among other things gives a history of the relations between Russia and the Shiite religious leadership in Lebanon.
July 12 2006
Al-Qaeda-linked Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq eulogizes Basayev
“As Emir Ibn al-Khattab and Abu al-Walid al-Ghambi were killed before him, Basaev is considered one of many within a ‘prolific’ nation, the Russians and ‘apostates’ are warned to not find happiness in his death.” (Chechnya Weekly, July 14)
July 13 2006
The Russian newspaper Izvestia claims that "a tiny transmitting antenna had been placed in a piece of plastic explosives that was part of a weapons shipment, which originated in Iraq and arrived in Ingushetia via Turkey and Georgia. According to the newspaper, the entire operation was assisted by U.S. forces in Iraq and neither employed—nor required the placement of—any agents within Basaev’s inner circle." (Chechnya Weekly, July 14)