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Tamerlan Linked To Two Terrorists In Dagestan

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Canadian boxer William Plotnikov (left), in Dagestan, Winter 2012.

Boston bombs: the Canadian boxer and the terror recruiter who ‘led Tsarnaev on path to jihad’

A Canadian boxer who was killed while fighting with jihadists in Russia has emerged as a key contact who may have set the elder Boston bomber on his path to violent extremism.

By Tom Parfitt | 28 April 2013

Moscow – In what could be a breakthrough in the attempt to understand how Tamerlan Tsarnaev – himself a skilled boxer – became radicalised and turned to violence, Moscow’s respected Novaya Gazeta ['Know-VIE-a Gas-YET-a'] newspaper revealed his links with William Plotnikov, who was killed in a battle with security forces in the troubled southern Russian republic of Dagestan last year.

During his visit to Dagestan last year, Tsarnaev also met on several occasions a terrorist of mixed Dagestani and Palestinian parentage, who was being closely watched by the Russian security services. That man, Makhmud Mansur Nidal, had been under surveillance for six months as a suspected recruiter for Islamist insurgents fighting Moscow’s rule in the region…

According to the report in Novaya Gazeta, Tsarnaev came on to the radar of Dagestan’s anti-extremism unit when he was seen "more than once" with Nidal, 19.

Which comports with the earlier report from NBC News that a Dagestan police source had seen Tamerlan with an underground militant six times. A report that has been studiously ignored by the rest of the news media, and even NBC itself.

A month later, Nidal was killed after he blockaded himself in a house with weapons. He had been accused of being part of a rebel group that organised a twin bomb attack in Makhachkala, killing 13 people…

Russian security operatives found Tsarnaev had been linked to William Plotnikov, an ethnic Russian citizen of Canada, whom they had interrogated in 2010 after he arrived in Dagestan, ostensibly to study Islam. Plotnikov gave a list of people in Europe and the US with roots in Russia’s North Caucasus, with whom he had communicated via online social networking sites. Among those whose names Plotnikov volunteered was Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Plotnikov was released, but by 2012 he had joined Dagestan’s insurgents – living in forest camps where he was known by fellow insurgents as "the Canadian". He was shot dead, aged 23, in a battle with Russian security forces in July last year that left six other militants dead.

It is unclear whether Tsarnaev and Plotnikov met through boxing circles or only communicated online, but their life paths suggest such a meeting was possible. Both were keen amateur boxers with roots in Russia who turned to Islam after finding it hard to adapt in their adoptive countries. Tsarnaev also visited his aunt in Toronto, where Plotnikov lived with his parents.

Novaya Gazeta’s security source said the men communicated online via a site associated with a non-governmental organisation called the World Assembly of Muslim Youth. That could not be immediately verified. After the Russian security service, the FSB, established his links with Plotnikov and Nidal, he was watched closely.

"We pay special attention to foreign or ethnic Russian converts," said the source. "They are extremely ideological and psychologically vulnerable; they’re more easily persuaded to do anything, even suicide bombing."

Two days after Plotnikov’s death, Tsarnaev flew to Moscow on July 16 last year, and the next day to the US. "It seems that Tamerlan Tsarnaev came to Dagestan with the aim of joining the insurgents," said the source. "It didn’t work out. First you need to contact an intermediary, then there is a period of ‘quarantine’ – before they take someone, the insurgents check him out over several months.

"After Nidal and Plotnikov were destroyed and he lost his contacts, Tsarnaev got frightened and fled."

The information will intensify the debate over whether the FBI, Russia’s Federal Security Service or other agencies failed to exchange information on the Tsarnaev brothers. Novaya Gazeta’s source said the FSB sent a request to the CIA last summer after Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Dagestan visit, asking the US agency to track him, but got no response.

The FBI has said that it received a similar request in 2011 – possibly after Plotnikov gave the Russian security services Tsarnaev’s name – and interviewed Tsarnaev several times, but found nothing "derogatory" and he ceased to be a priority.

All of which makes for a very believable timeline. It all seems too coincidental to just be a coincidence.

Bear in mind that we are hearing all of this despite the fact that US officials have been insisting from the getgo that they had not outside connections to any other terrorists.

For the record, the Telegraph has more on the parallels between Tamerlan and the Canadian boxer here.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Tamerlan Linked To Two Terrorists In Dagestan”

  1. I know journalists feel like they need to spice up otherwise dry as cardboard reporting, but reporting Tamerlan was a’skilled boxer’ just ain’t true.

    He got croaked in the first round of the regional Golden Gloves, and according to interviews with other boxers who were there, Tamerlan did not handle it well. Petulant, calling it a conspiracy, complaining about his ribs, etc.

    UK Telegraph, drop the embellishments and stick to the facts.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    This whole narrative that’s being broadcast that the brothers were “radicalized” actually flies in the face of liberalism.

    Yes, they are perpetuating the myth. But aren’t the “liberals” the so-called bastion of free-thinking, do-your-own-thing kind of people? I mean, that whole uptake implies that one is free to make their own choices and to “not be labeled” or pigeon-holed into doing/being what any conservative construct would have you be.

    So these two twits made their choices. They were not “influenced” involuntarily. They were not forced into jihad nor did they do any of this against their will. So I’m not buying the lie that they were radicalized by someone else.

    Under the rules of being a liberal, they made their own choices without any interference from the man, man.

    In all but the fewest of cases, a person has to choose to be violent. And, their choice of violence was of the most cowardly version, as it usually is by muslims: They get to hide in safety and witness the carnage while innocent people are dismembered and/or killed outright. No skin in the game of war for them. But no, they are “proud freedom fighters”.

    But let’s examine that. Proud. Of what? Doing evil? I would guess that’s the only thing to be “proud” of. ‘

    Freedom fighters? Freedom from what? Oppression? How are muslims oppressed anywhere in the world? Seems to me they are enjoying the bounty of unaccountability in immigration as well as being allowed their own version of “law” pretty much wherever they infest. So….that argument falls flat immediately and loudly with a dull thump.

    Or is it something more fundamental? Say—“I’m a muslim and you’re not so therefore I hate you and want to see you dead”?

    Might be onto something there. That is, if the politically correct weenies don’t get their hooks into that and start calling me names, which is another interesting facet of discussion on this: The “party of no labels” has, from the outset used labels incessantly since and before the killers were summarily curtailed by an inept police department.

    “Boxer”
    “Chechan”
    “Typical kid”
    “Likeable”

    But one can see that the lack of cynicism on the part of the media applies most strongly here; That these two couldn’t be responsible for their murderous acts, no. They were “radicalized” by “outside forces” for clearly, the liberal constructs of the locale they were in had nothing to do with it.

    Liberalism uber alles!

    *sigh*

    The wheels have officially come off and the oxen are dragging this narrative around and the driver is hoping nobody notices that odd scraping sound.


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