Shariah news agency released the text of the statement made by Amir (Commander) of Islamic Brigade of Shaheeds (Martyrs) 'Riyadus Salihiin' ('Gardens for the Righteous'), Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris (Commander Shamil Basayev), where the Chechen Commander gives an evaluation of the past year of the war. The text of the statement has been received by Kavkaz Center via e-mail.
In the name of God, Most Benevolent, Most Merciful!
(Bismillah Rahman Rahim!)
Praise Allah, the Lord of the worlds, Who created us Muslims and Who blessed us with Jihad on His Straight Way. Peace and blessing of Almighty Allah be on Prophet Muhammad, his family, his disciples and all of those who follow the Straight Way until the Day of Judgment!
By the Mercy of Allah the past year of 2003 was very successful and very good year for us because for the past year our Mujahideen (fighters) managed to inflict great damages on Kafirs (infidels) and Munafiqs (hypocrites â€“ national traitors) and to deal crushing blows on the enemy.
According to my information, for the year 2003 all Mujahideen in Chechnya and on the enemy soil have conducted over three thousand blasts, destroyed and disabled over 1,000 units of military vehicles including armored vehicles, shot down 31 helicopters, eliminated over 8,000 Kafirs and over 700 Munafiks (national traitors) who cooperated with the invadersâ€™ regime.
Praise Allah, this year was also marked by the expansion of the zone of combat operations and of the territories where the Jihad against aggressors is being conducted, as well as by the creation of new military sectors. For instance, the newly-created sectors are: the Ingush Sector, the Ossetian Sector, the Aukh Sector, the Stavropol Sector, and the Dagestani trend was activated as well. The Kafirs themselves had to admit that over the year 2003 they have suffered much greater casualties than they did in the previous two years.
Even though the Russian leadership is trying to make it look like there is no war, and that only one Brigade of Shaheeds Riyadus Salihiin is actually fighting the war, I am quoting these details in order to report that today there are several thousand of active Mujahideen fighting in Ichkeria and outside of the country. The Jihad is continuing and the attempts that Russia is making to hush it up look like the acts of a child who closed his eyes and thinks he is hiding.
Also, the Russian leadership believes that once it set up the informational blockade around Ichkeria, it is thus solving its problems. But this is an obvious self-delusion. The people of Russia today are experiencing and will be experiencing all of the delights of the war unleashed by the Kremlin regime. I would like to remind once again that Brigade of Shaheeds Riyadus Salihiin will let the citizens of Russia partake of all the fruits of the war. The past year has shown that we keep our promises.
We are not fighting to intimidate anybody or to prove something to somebody, or to ruin somebodyâ€™s holiday or some other action. We are fighting for our Faith, for our Freedom and Independence. And whoever tries to present our fight as something like turf wars between 'bandit formations' will not succeed and nothing will ever change.
From the very beginning the leadership of Russia has set up the goal to turn this war into 'internal inter-Chechen war', into an internal conflict. For these purposes Russians have been training and arming our homebred national traitors (Munafiks), who are getting away with anything today, because they are nothing but disposable material, which can be written off tomorrow once they get done with their dirty work.
But they will never succeed in turning this war into a civil war, because a civil war can only take place between free people, and our national traitors are lackeys and toadies of the Kafirs, they are grovellers of the Russian invaders.
Nothing changes if they are claiming to be 'Chechens', - they are accomplices of the invaders. They were being punished, they are and they will be properly punished for their treason. This is a war between Russia and the Chechen State.
Some are using the terms like 'the first war', 'the second war', 'the 400-year war', but for us it is the everlasting war for our Freedom and Independence. And the main thing â€“ this is the war for our Faith, which came from our fathers and our forefathers, and which we will be waging until we become masters of our own lives and our own destinies.
I am hereby stating that whichever attempts the Kafirs would be making, nothing will stop this Jihad, which is becoming more and more active each day, because the dead and the wounded are being replaced by the new generation. Insha Allah (God Willing!), we have no problems with replenishing our forces. If Russia is degrading and dying out, the Chechen population is increasing in spite of the war, - and this is also a contribution of ordinary Chechens into the cause of Jihad. So, praise God (Alhamdulillah), we have no problems with our fighters.
Besides, many representatives of oppressed nations of Russia are rising to the Jihad. The past year was a graphic example, when many nations of not just Northern Caucasus, but nations of many regions inside Russia took part in Jihad as well.
Today the leadership of Russia is making miserable attempts to discredit the just cause of the fight of the Chechen people by trying to present the Chechen national liberation war as 'international terrorism' and by trying to tie all events in the world to us. In this regard I would like to remind that our people have been conducting their historical fight for Freedom ever since the times when there was no Russia as a state, let alone other fighters against 'international terrorism'. Throughout its entire history the Chechen nation has been fighting for the Faith, Freedom and Independence. Insha Allah (God Willing!), we will keep fighting this war as long as Allah wants us to, until final victory.
While trying to falsify the course of the history, the Kafirs are coming up with all kinds of 'pig shows' called 'referendums', 'elections' and the like. But even these vain efforts are nothing but miserable and worthless attempts of the Russian leadership to avoid responsibility for the bloody genocide that they have launched against the Chechen people while trying to write off hundreds of thousands of Chechens killed and missing and blame it all on the Chechens themselves. But let me assure you: they will not make it, and nobody will escape responsibility for their crimes.
Moscow is spreading a lot of propaganda about the acts by Brigade of Shaheeds Riyadus Salihiin. They are trying to accuse us of killing innocent people. But it is only another attempt of blatant lies. They cannot be 'totally innocent' for the simple fact that they are approving of this slaughter, financing it, electing the rulers that are publicly promising to deal with the Chechens, and conducting genocide on the Chechen land. Therefore we are accusing all of them of being accomplices in the genocide against the Chechen people.
Last year relatives of the Nord-Ost hostages in the Moscow theater were trying to organize something like a rally, even though we did not really needed it. About 50 people had gathered, and the Moscowers were just laughing at them.
If Russists (Russian chauvinists) donâ€™t like to be getting killed, itâ€™s up to them, itâ€™s their problem. Russia's leadership handles the murder of their fellow Russian citizens pretty well. And we, Insha Allah (God Willing!), will make most of the efforts in this direction, because we are not going to let Russia's bloody crimes go unpunished.
We have been tolerating for a while and keeping Russian citizens away from the problems. Up until this day we have been letting Russia's gravest crimes go unpunished. We have been deliberately keeping the war within our territories. Our patience was not appreciated.
There is a limit to everything, and everything comes to an end sooner or later.