Looks like I was right

January 26, 2011

A commenter took me to task for saying that it was likely that the suicide bombers who struck Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport a few days ago were Muslims bent on jihad.

I hate to say “I told you so,” but…

Moscow airport bomb: suicide bombers were part of squad trained in Pakistan

The two suicide bombers who carried out the Moscow attack were thought to be part of a suicide squad trained in Pakistan’s al-Qaeda strongholds sent to the capital to target the city’s transport system.


A newspaper close to Russia’s FSB security service published what it claimed was a warning to Moscow police issued in December that said there was credible intelligence that a suicide squad made up of three women and one man from Chechnya was headed to Moscow.

The memo said the team had spent time in Pakistan and Iran and that one of the women had a relative with a flat in Moscow that might be used as a bomb making factory. Another group of five Islamist militants trained in Pakistan was also expected to cross into Russia soon, it added.

An al-Qaeda linked website said that the group Islamic Caucasus Emirate, led by the rebe Doku Umarov, was poised to claim it had staged the attack. It said that Russia’s harsh military measures against independence activists in the Caucasus had provoked the attack. It said: “You disbelievers are the firewood of Hell. You will enter it.”

As the article relates, the dress of the attackers and methodology for the attack fits with prior operations launched by Umarov. While it’s in the realm of imagination that this was some sort of false flag operation by Russia’s FSB* or another intelligence service for Machiavellian purposes, I think it about as likely as the sun rising in the West.

No. This was an act of terrorism launched by Muslims waging jihad fi sabil Allah, and innocents died because of it.

*There have been accusations that the FSB was behind a 1999 apartment bombing that was used by then-PM Putin to justify resuming the war in Chechnya. The FSB denied this, but there’s been no solid proof either way.