March 31st, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Chechen rebel leader: I ordered Moscow attack

Chechen rebel leader Dokku Umarov claimed that he personally gave orders to attack the Moscow subway this week, according to a Chechen rebel Web site.

Kavkaz Center, a Web site that regularly carries messages from the rebels, released a video in which Umarov said he was behind the Monday attacks.

The attacks were revenge for what Umarov called a "massacre conducted by the Russian occupants against the poorest residents of Chechnya and Ingushetia," the Web site says.

According to the site, the video was taped the same day as the attacks.

The incident Umarov referred to is a February special operation by Russian forces, after which there were accusations of Russians killing innocent civilians. In the video, Umarov said the victims were simply gathering garlic to make a living.

The attacks in Moscow, in which two female suicide bombers killed at least 39 people, were legitimate retribution for what happened in Chechnya, Umarov said in the video. He also promised "new acts of vengeance" in Russia.

Russians will no longer be able to simply observe the battles in the Caucasus, Umarov said.

"Therefore, the war will come to your streets, and you will feel it for yourselves and with your own lives," he said in the video.

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  1. Abdal-Latif

    What the Russians are doing in Chechnya is terrible and the Chechen Muslims have every right to fight back. BUT–their tactics are despicable, and pretty much always have been. The recent attack on the Moscow subway is nothing compared to the bombing of that Russian school, which was an actual attack on children. The Chechens should ask themselves whether they are following the example of Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace. Clearly they are not–they have adopted this crazy Wahhabi suicide-plus-killing-civilians tactic, which has nothing to do with Islam. What it WILL do is provide a propaganda victory for Zionists and other Muslim-haters–they love nothing better than the death of innocent civilians, as long as it's done by misguided "Muslims."

    April 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Soledman

    They maybe rebelling against the Russian Govt. but if given the opportunity I bet they would also be willing to attack US soil in the name of Islam.

    April 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andy

    Im so sick of hearing about these radical Muslims and their cowardice. They make good roadside bombs and decent human bombs, but other than that they are worthless. Don't give them the title 'Terrorists" because their stupid acts of cowardice don't terrorize me a bit. A better name would be 'Cold blooded murderers". Im thankful that we have good American servicepeople out there.... One shot, One kill. ALLAH AKBAR!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Omar Haleem

    It's an interesting picture..he wears his watch on the right's almost like he wishes to send a message..'time has come''s funny how body language sometimes tells a lot about what the person posturing is trying to say..obviously this picture was meant to be viewed by more than just opinionists..this guy is going to keep the pressure on russia because he wants the russian security forces to retaliate..this will play into propoganda..i can almost see where this is going..he want's others to join up and assist his faction..why i would caution agianst the use of unnecessarily violent backlash from the russian security forces. it will only play intro their hands. they will use it as fodder to gain sympathy which will result in a call for jihad.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stetson

    Everyone ridicules Russia for when they launch a campaign into Chechnya. Their policy on terrorism is, for every Russian Civilian you kill, we will kill 100 of yours. They are still willing to break the enemies will to fight, unlike in Afghanistan, where the American Public will not allow our troops to actually actively hunt for the taliban or Osama on an active assault campaign because it 'risks civilian lives and industry', REALITY CHECK!!!!!!! They killed 3,000 of our unarmed civilians on 9/11. When you mess with Russia, all the hell on earth descends on you, I give it one week before Russia goes full force into Chechnya, Shock and Awe style. War is HELL! Deal with it. Russia will go in on the attack, but will be ridiculed for the use of force like in Georgia during the Olympics 2008. They were engaging the hometowns of Chechen Terrorists, and they used lethal force that worked well, but was hated. If Russia is going to let this go on without retalliation, it will only lead to more civilian deaths by terrorism. Guranteed if some Mexican Drug Cartels blew up a Houston train station and killed 3 dozen civilians, the US military could go in and everyone would support us. THE COLD WAR IS OVER!!! If we want to eliminate Terrorism and catch Bin Laden and every single one of them, we need Russia, the United States, and many others on board 100%. Terrorism has NO winners, only the guilty and the victims.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rev. george moore

    The Koran used to be my bathroom book. It realty says,– now this is god speaking to Mphammed, the same God that said, by Jesus, feed your enemies; well, this angel told Mohammed 'It is better to kill your enemies, the disagreers, by ambush therefore you have a better chance of success and escape.'
    These muslim fighters are just following orders.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jolene

    Unfortunately what this guy is going to succeed in is getting a lot of his own people killed who didn't necessarily want to be part of this. What a hero.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. say

    Quran , god and Mohamed has nothing to do with these killings .. these are bad people killing people.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. beanie

    good man those communists bastards kill innocence people and this is what happens , DO IT AGAIN

    April 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. beanie

    soory but russia trried this in afghanistan in the 80' and failed miserablys and the united staes is trying this in iraq now neither worked or will work

    you can not force your will on government on another , it has failed to do so althought history and will continue to do so

    April 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. W

    Umarov........ You must be the most absolute stupid human on this planet. Putin is going to capture you alive and put some pain on you that you cannot imagine, which you deserve. Then while you are still alive he will eliminate your villages as he forces you to watch. Then comes more pain your way, idiot.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. IHateStuff

    misguided muslims? radical muslims? all redundant terms.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vinci

    what would Vaclav Havel say?

    April 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BigLou

    If these Muslim terrorist keep doing what their doing, their going to find themselves on the "endangered species" list someday. Their inhumanity towards others has already been documented and proven, and it's just a matter of time before their acts and words will do them all in...!!

    April 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill Smith

    Isn't it interesting how we – the international audience – always have infinite sympathy for the victims of terrorism, with the only exception being Israel?

    Whenever Israel has to deal with a terrorist attack – with civilians being blown to bits in coffee shops or vegetable markets – we just shrug it off as the actions of "militants" who are fighting for their homeland's freedom.

    Odd, don't you think? I wonder why that is. Oh, that's right. It must be because they are Jews, so their lives don't really count, do they? And the poor, pitiful, abused and oppressed "Palistinians." But for the big, bad Jews, they would be living in a paradise of their own making.

    Oh, wait. They already have all of Gaza and they've turned that into one of the biggest sewage-holes in the world. Hmm. Maybe we should consider being fair to the Israelis? Nah.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
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