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Time: Tamerlan Travelled To Dagestan – Twice

From Time Magazine:

Older Boston Suspect Made Two Trips to Dagestan, Visited Radical Mosque, Officials Say

By Simon Shuster  | April 22, 2013

Makhachkala, Russia – Two years ago, while visiting his family in the Russian region of Dagestan, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the prime suspect in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings, was flagged as a potential extremist by Russian security services. The only evidence they had were his regular visits to a mosque that gets more than its share of attention from police. Since its construction in 2000, the mosque’s broad, emerald-colored dome has been the center of the region’s Salafi community, which adheres to a more orthodox brand of Islam and, over the years, has been a hangout for men killed in shootouts with Russia’s counterterrorism forces…

That’s not their only evidence according to other reports. But that should be enough, one would think.

According to the source in the regional capital of Makhachkala, who spoke to TIME on Monday, Tsarnaev was monitored by Russian counterterrorism forces for at least one month in 2011 and throughout his six-month stay in Dagestan last year.

Notice how Time manages to bury their own scoop. In fact, it is just mentioned in passing that he went to Russia at least twice in recent years. Also, bear in mind Tamerlan was probably on welfare at the time of both of these trips.

No, they are too busy trying to convince us that he didn’t do anything suspicious while he was there:

“There wasn’t enough time [in 2011] to come to any conclusions about the extent of his involvement [in Islamist extremism],” the source says, asking to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter. “So we asked our American colleagues to follow up.”

His account was corroborated by a source close to the FSB in the city of Khasavyurt, the second largest city in Dagestan, who spoke to TIME on Sunday. “It didn’t take much for him to raise suspicion,” the Khasavyurt source said of Tsarnaev, also insisting on anonymity. ”Showing up at a Salafi mosque was enough.”

There is no indication that Tsarnaev… was instructed or pushed toward committing any terrorist acts during his visits to the mosque on Kotrova Street. The vast majority of the mosque’s congregants likely have no connection to the region’s extremist activity, and more moderate Muslims regularly attend services there. Both of TIME’s sources said the Russian security services never observed Tsarnaev make contact with any of the known insurgent leaders or suspected terrorists who operate in Dagestan…

And never mind that NBC News has reported that a Dagestan police source told them Tamerlan was observed meeting with an underground militant at least six times.

But the sermons he heard at the mosque might have contributed to his gradual radicalization, the sources said. “The idea that America and Israel are the axis of evil is pretty typical there. He would have heard some of that,” said the source in Makhachkala…

It’s a pretty common sentiment at Reverend Wright’s church, too.

He added, however, that the extremist videos he watched online could also have been an important factor.

Which could also be said about the videos of Rev. Wright’s ‘sermons.’

Meanwhile, Time does give us some details on the colorful background of this most holy mosque:

The mosque on Kotrova Street has been one of Russia’s most enduring outposts of Salafi Islam, whose adherents around the world call for strict Shari‘a to govern their societies. Before its construction, smaller Salafi mosques were regularly closed down for extremism in Russia’s predominantly Muslim region of the North Caucasus, which includes Dagestan and neighboring Chechnya…

Its construction was led by a local religious leader named Nadirshakh Khachilaev… Khachilaev was the leader of the Russian Union of Muslims, which the Ministry of Justice in 2002 deemed as an extremist organization, soon after Khachilaev was charged with orchestrating an ambush on a Russian military convoy in Dagestan… Khachilaev was killed in a drive-by shooting outside his home in Makhachkala… The mosque on Kotrova Street remains at the core of his legacy…

One of the regulars at the mosque on Kotrova Street was Murad Lakhiyanov, one of the most famous leaders of the Islamist underground in Dagestan. In October 2005, police cornered him in a Makhachkala apartment, and after an eight-hour gun battle that included mortar fire from both sides, he was killed.

By then, the mosque had already gained infamy as a haunt for local terrorists. In 2002, an explosion ripped through a May Day military parade in the Dagestani town of Kaspiysk, killing 44 people, including 12 children, and wounding 133 others. A manhunt then began for a handful of suspects, some of whom turned out to be regulars at the mosque on Kotrova Street…

These days, the mosque on Kotrova Street is being expanded. Young men with long beards and skullcaps, the typical accessories of Salafis in Dagestan, have been busy paving the walkway to a new wing of the mosque that is currently under construction.

None of the young men working on the project over the weekend said they had ever seen Tsarnaev, but they were not particularly shocked by what he allegedly did in Boston. “Look at what Americans have done in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said one of the men, who would only reveal his first name, Abdullah. “Muslims around the world need to defend each other. That is our belief. So first look at all the Muslim women and children America has killed around the world, and then think about what happened in Boston.”

Yep. The religion of peace.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Time: Tamerlan Travelled To Dagestan – Twice”

  1. How?

    ON welfare, where’d he get the money?

    Hint: Janet Napilatano




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