The New Great Game Round Up-May 19, 2013

The Banning of Wahhabism, Radical Islamism in Central Asia & Caucasus, the CIA- Boston Terror Connections & More

The Great Game Round Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. This week we start with a story which was widely covered in the mainstream media:

US 'spy' Ryan Fogle expelled after CIA refused to stop recruiting, say Russians

He was caught while allegedly attempting to convince an FSB agent focused on fighting terrorism in the troubled north Caucasus to work for the CIA.

Russia highlighted that this is not an isolated case:

FSB Officer Complains of Repeated CIA Infiltration Attempts 

“Over the past two years we have been observing persistent attempts by the CIA to recruit employees of Russian law enforcement and security agencies,” the man said, with his face concealed and his voice altered to protect his identity, adding that in January a CIA officer had been expelled from Russia.

Next I want to draw your attention to new information about the main suspect in the Boston bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, [emphasis mine]:

Tsarnaev met with aide to Chechen rebel leader before Boston attack

The main suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing – Tamerlan Tsarnaev – met with an aide to Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev in Manchester, New Hampshire, several weeks before the Boston attack, which killed three people and left more than 260 injured.

In Chechnya, Khadzhimuradov was known under the nick Spartak and served as a bodyguard to Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev, who is currently living in exile in London.

It's always interesting to notice which countries shelter these Chechen terrorists because as Sibel Edmonds pointed out:

"The largest concentrations of these active Chechen terrorists are in (in order): Turkey- A NATO member, Azerbaijan (Almost a NATO Member), Germany (a NATO Member), followed by Dubai- one of the closest US Allies in the Arab States, and Qatar-another very close US ally and partner in the Arab states."

Another Chechen leader, who didn't manage to escape the Russian security services and therefore is not living in exile in a NATO country or close U.S. ally, went on trial in Russia this week:

Caucasus Warlord Goes on Trial in South Russia

Ali Taziyev, also known by his alias Magas, is charged with setting up an armed militant group, illegal arms trafficking, terrorism, inciting a rebellion and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Charges against him also include 24 counts of terrorism.

 Okay let us get back to Tamerlan and remember this interesting information:

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Attended CIA-sponsored Workshop

Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended a workshop sponsored by the CIA-linked Jamestown Foundation, Izvestia reports today (see English translation here). The Russian newspaper cites documents produced by the Counterintelligence Department Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia confirming that the NGO “Fund of Caucasus” held workshops in the summer of 2012 and Tsarnaev attended.

There are still a lot of questions regarding the Boston bombing and the involvement of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But we can definitely say that the U.S. has always been the "The Creator & Sustainer of Chechen Terrorism" and the CIA plays a vital role in this. So how is the current situation in Russia's North Caucasus? Well, we just need to look at two news headlines from today:

Police clash with militants in south Russia's Dagestan

Police Officer Wounded in Ingushetia Suicide Bombing

Meanwhile Russia continues its crackdown on radical Islamic groups:

Tatarstan's Supreme Court Disbands Muslim Group

And discusses the banning of Wahhabism:

Prohibition of Wahhabism

“Wahhabism, radical political Islamism as a broader concept, has become an integrated anti-Russian protest ideology that attracts enough powerful energy, of course, especially in Muslim areas, in regions of traditional spread of Islam. We cannot treat it calmly, graciously, not least because we see what is happening in the Muslim regions of North Africa and the Middle East.

But there are concerns about damaging the relations with Saudi Arabia and Qatar:

Some officials are afraid because of some business interest. They are afraid that a war with the same terrorists will break some mythical tranches from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, some transactions, will make it impossible to hold some events or to open some resorts.”

Russia should make a decision as soon as possible because the problem could get easily out of hand [emphasis mine]:

Russian analysts: immigrants, guest workers fertile ground for radical Islamism

Roman Silantyev, a religious research specialist and lecturer at one of Moscow's universities, suggested banning Wahhabism as an essential way to fend off the alleged threat of radical Islamism being disseminated in Russia. "A ban would at least make this possible. Fortunately, it's still curable," he told the news conference. The head of the Volga Centre for Regional and Ethno-Religious Studies of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Rais Suleimanov, said radical Islamism is spreading in the Volga area and that this has brought into being a situation there that is similar to that in the North Caucasus 15 years ago. "It seems that this scenario will reach Siberia, where hotbeds are arising already," he told the news conference.

Of course this problem is not limited to Russia. The Central Asian countries are also engaged in the fight against NATO/GCC-sponsored terror [emphasis mine]:

Alleged Leader Of Banned Islamic Group's Cell Arrested In Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security said on May 16 that the 37-year-old man from the southern region of Jalal-Abad has been charged with inciting ethnic, racial, and religious hatred, the illegal possession and distribution of extremist materials, and the premeditated use of extremist symbols.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a London-based Sunni political organization that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.

Six on Trial In Kazakhstan For Islamic Extremism

According to the prosecutor, the group planned to blow up the Opera and Ballet Theater in Astana and also to send financial support to Islamic insurgents in Russia's North Caucasus.

Uzbekistan tightens security because of terror risk

"In addition to the escalation of terrorist activity across the region and the world as a whole by groups that made a name with their previous [terrorist] acts in our country – the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan [IMU] and Salafist groups – we now have information that terrorists are grouping on the border of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan," he said though he declined to discuss specifics about the available intelligence data for security reasons. "This poses a danger to Uzbekistan."

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is becoming increasingly powerful and popular. Nowadays they already manage to find sympathizers in the United States:

U.S. Police Arrest Uzbek In Terror Case

The indictment against him alleges that between August 2012 and May 2013, he knowingly conspired with others to provide support and resources, including computer software and money, to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated terrorist organization.

And some day the IMU might even become the new "al-Qaeda".

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  1. Cemented says:

    What I don’t understand is that if the US/NATO are supporting terrorism, why are there investigations into these groups and arrests made of terrorists? Is it just for show? Is it the CIA who sponsors terrorism, and the FBI who makes the arrests? Why would the FBI and the CIA work against eachother?

  2. Hello, Cemented

    My take is that the CIA, when necessary, will order the FBI to stay away from certain actors or organizations.

  3. Hi Cemented,

    While your questions might seem almost too naive to anyone who has been reading/following Boiling Frogs Post, I think they are important basic questions.

    Another question you can ask, to shed light on your questions, is: “Who benefits?”

    Think about the MIC and Big Energy, for instance. Think about 9/11.

    If you want to get the country to go to war, spending trillions of dollars, you need the terrorism, as well as the prosecution of alleged terrorists, to provide this narrative of endless war. If you hate our freedoms and want to crack down on them, through the Patriot Act and the NDAA, you need the terrorism, as well as the prosecution of alleged terrorists, to provide the illusion of sacrificing liberty for security.

    Sibel’s book, Classified Woman, does a good job of describing the mindset of some in the FBI, when they see 9/11 as a positive event for their own benefit. Want a date cookie?

    There are many other descriptions Sibel provides of this paradigm and theater of the Global War On Terror. I think the most important and useful is her series with Corbett on Gladio B – here’s part one of six:

  4. Cemented says:

    Thank you both for answering my question.

    I would almost buy the appearance reason, except that not all of these arrests or terrorists are reported wildly in the press; hardly any of them are actually. There have been reports of large in-depth investigations by the FBI to track down these terrorists. It seems odd that FBI agents would invest time, money, energy chasing BS, also while not being able to figure out the CIA is behind the extremists all along. How do they choose who to arrest and who not to arrest? What summer camps to shut down?

    I will admit I am new to I do not know enough about international relations to draw any conclusions from what I read. The problem with forming opinions about international relations is that often, those writing have their own agendas, opinions, loyalties influencing their interpretation on the facts. By extension,one could conclude that Sibel, (although I have found very little so far to discredit her) would come under that same suspicion.

    I find this blog very informative, and Sibel’s conclusions legitimate, but this question has always been in the back of my mind, I’ve been just too afraid to ask until now.

  5. Hi Cemented,

    If you haven’t yet read Classified Woman, I would highly recommend it. It will help you get s better sense of how there are honest hard working FBI agents, who are quite frustrated by the fact that they cannot follow through with much of the criminal investigations and prosecution. The people who are stopping them are at the top of the org chart. Not everyone is in on it and there are in fact whistle blowers.

    The book will also drive home the true heroism and motivations of Sibel. When you get a sense of just how much she has sacrificed and just how much her testimony has been validated, I think it will aleviate any suspicions you might have. It is healthy to have skepticism, but there is a reason she is so highly regarded.

    As for any terrorism prosecutions that don’t get media attention, it might be helpful if you mentioned a specific case, in order to get a sense of what you mean.

  6. @Cemented: Check out this podcast, which was posted today, here at BFP:

    It speaks directly to your questions.

  7. Cemented says:

    Hi Xicha,

    I haven’t had time to check out the podcast, but here are some links to the FBI’s terror related arrests, as well as an in-depth reporting of an operation trying to breakup Jihadi funding outfits in the US.
    Some of the FBI’s arrests were reported in the press (I would have to a more intensive search), but many weren’t; certainly not to the extent that the Boston bombing has.

    It seems that if an FBI agent cannot find a link to these groups and the CIA quite quickly, that’s one dopey agent.

    Also, another basic question: Why would Al Qaeda be saying “We hate America! We hate America! Thanks for the cash America! We hate America!”
    One could argue that the leaders in control are simply keeping the funding secret from their ignorant minions, but many of the Al Qaeda members are quite educated. It wouldn’t take long for them to uncover such a plot either.

    Another question: are we to believe that it is only the American public and the citizens of NATO countries being lied to? That the Russia+Shiite Muslim world knows all of the truth, can claim all of the moral high ground since WWII, and not have been subjected to their own disinformation?

    Final question: Why would Fethulla Gulen be kicked out of Turkey if Turkey is one of the corroborating NATO nations?

  8. Hi Cemented,

    I think you should take a look at all of the materials available here.

    It’s my understanding that Gulen wanted to overthrow the gov of Turkey and implement Sharia Law.

    Who said what about Russia and the Shiite Muslim world knowing the truth?

    Do you agree that maybe it would be preferable to take a look at the Gladio Series, Classified Woman, or just search the site? I know that when people in the technical forums I go to from time to time for work will always direct people to search the available materials before presenting their questions as new.

    Not that I don’t value conversation, but at this point it looks like you have enough detailed questions to stop you from feigning ignorance.

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