Chechens Considering Georgia Raid

by Nathan Hamm on 11/4/2004

Chechnya’s Moscow-backed Ramzan Kadyrov is considering a raid into Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge.

Mr Kadyrov said the Russian-backed authorities in Chechnya did not plan to “rush full-tilt” into Georgia.

But he warned his irregular force, estimated at 2,000 to 4,000 well-armed troops, would move quickly if it was felt necessary to secure Russia’s interests.

“Terrorists will be destroyed in their lairs, and in future they will not be allowed to build their nests around Russia,” he said.

“If an order comes to destroy terrorists in Pankisi, it will be carried out without delay.”

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