Saturday, January 12, 2013

Daghestan, hottest spot in the North Caucasus

Daghestan has unquestionably deteriorated into the most unstable republic in the North Caucasus, a region wracked by conflict and jihad-minded arselifters. There are suicide bombings in police stations, arselifter clerics gunned down in broad daylight and shoot-outs between koranimals and security forces
Like Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, and to a lesser extent Chechnya, Daghestan is a hotbed for the militant pislamist insurgency led by Doku Umarov that seeks to create a so-called pan-Caucasus pislamic caliphate. Analysts say more radical pislamic ideologies such as Salafism have gained a greater foothold in Daghestan than elsewhere in the area

A bomb attack in Daghestan in 2010

The killing of the salafi imam on October 30, for example, illustrated the tensions between the sufi and salafi communities. Analysts say it appears to have been a revenge attack by powerful sufi groups. In contrast with those in Chechnya, imams in Daghestan, Ingushetia, and Kabardino-Balkaria do not receive official armed guards
Kalimulla Ibrahimov, 49, was well known locally as an imam who worked at an unregistered moske in Derbent that was dedicated to the salafi branch of pislam, which is more radical than sufism and is shunned by the authorities as extreme
News articles here and here.