Suicide Bombing: Chechnya, the North Caucasus and Martyrdom

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This essay analyses Chechen-related suicide attacks, locating them within the historical and political context of the anti-Russian insurgency in the North Caucasus and the different factions of the anti-Russian armed resistance movement in the period between the first and second Russo-Chechen wars. The core of the essay is an analysis of the different character of two waves of suicide operations, (2000–2002) and (2002–2004). The first wave was linked to nominally Islamist groups, whereas the second set of attacks were linked to Operation Boomerang devised by Shamil Basaev. Finally, the essay considers other attacks that do not fit into either of these two waves of terrorism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1780-1807
Number of pages27
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


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