Formerand - Chechens Terrorists or not The Chechen-Russian struggle has been going on for centuries Chechnya not only wanted independence from

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November 13, 2007 Chechens - Terrorists or not? The Chechen-Russian struggle has been going on for centuries. Chechnya not only wanted independence from authoritarian Russia but has had an ongoing battle with Russia consisting most recently of two wars in the 1990s. The first war occurred when Russian forces attempted to stop Chechnya from seceding in a two year period lasting from 1994 to 1996. 1 The Chechens were out-numbered but, after the long two year period and realization of a demoralized Russian military, President Boris Yeltsin declared a ceasefire in 1996 and a year later signed a peace treaty. The Chechens mostly a Muslim nation come from a mountainous Caucasus region, and during World War II Josef Stalin forcibly deported them to Kazakhstan because of “supposed” cooperation with the Nazis. The effect of this deportation brought tens of thousands of Chechen deaths and the few that survived were allowed to return only after Stalin’s death in 1953. 2 The questions at hand that need to be resolved are as follows: Should Chechens be labeled as terrorists because of their actions in the midst of fighting for freedom? Are they equal to terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, or Hammas? Is there any outside terrorist groups operating in Chechnya with Chechen permission? And does that factor contribute to making Chechens terrorists as well? Although many Russian criticisms make Chechnya look like a warm home for terrorism; it is hard to differentiate between hard, cold facts and old Soviet propaganda. 1 http://www.cfr.org/publication/9181/#1 2 www.terrorismfiles.org/encyclopaedia/terrorism.html
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The Chechen separatists have acted out attacks on civilian establishments such as theatres and hospitals. There have been multiple hostage situations outside the Chechen territory. “The most notorious and devastating attack came in 2004, when Basayev, (Chechen leader) ordered an attack on a school Beslan, a town in North Ossetia. More
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