Sunday, November 28, 2004

BESLAN INVESTIGATOR: "foreign state involved"

From this morning's Jeruslaem Post (INTERFAX):

"Moscow - The head of a parliamentary commission investigating the September hostage seizure at a school in southern Russia said there is evidence pointing to involvement by a foreign intelligence agency, the Interfax news agency reported Saturday. The statement was the latest of several in which Russian officials and politicians have alleged that foreigners were involved in the Sept. 1-3 attack on a school in the southern town of Beslan, which ended in bloody chaos and left more than 330 people dead, many of them children. 'For the moment the evidence that we have of this involvement is indirect, so I consider it premature to name exactly which special service it is,' INTERFAX quoted commission head Alexander Torshin as saying. Russians refer to intelligence and security agencies as special services. Torshin, deputy speaker of the Federation Council, Russia's upper parliament house, said that 'when we gather enough convincing evidence, we won't hide it.' ... Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials have cast the hostage seizure as part of a war against Russia by international terrorists _ not a product of the Kremlin's military campaign in Chechnya, where officials said several of the attackers were from. "

They DO NOT mean Chechnya - because the Russians do NOT consider Chechnya a separate, foreign state! So they must mean Iran or some other Jihadoterrorist aiding-and-abetting state with an effective spy service. If and when they officially announce it, they may seek some form of international sanctions - and/or a make retaliatory military strike... stay tuned...

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