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Lecture 12 - Chechnya and Terrorism in the North Caucasus

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Lecture 12 – Chechnya and Terrorism in the North Caucasus   03:21 I. Introduction: What is the Conflict in Chechnya? A. Fight for Independence? 1. Need to cross Chechnya to get oil from Caspian to Black Sea 2. They have never been conquered, they never had a formal leader a. Just elected someone during war and went back to equality later B. War on Terrorism? 1. Must go after the cells of violence, since there is no “home base” of these  terrorists anymore 2. Beslan: The Chechen people so disliked Beslan that terrorist activity  stopped (same situation with Hamas and Palestinian people) C. The Wars in Chechnya – Tale of Two Wars 1. Unpopular, Failed Campaign (1994–1996) a. 50,000 Russian soldiers died; 10,000 Chechyn soldiers died; 250,000  civilians died b. These servicemen are sent into Chechnya with NO training during the  winter c. The Chechyns had been in the Russian army, so they knew had to 
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