The Corner

More Chechens

Today’s Washington Times story on Chechens possibly sneaking across the Mexican border (suggested new motto for the White House: “suicide bombers don’t stop at the Rio Grande”), isn’t the first time this has come up. More than two years ago, the FBI warned local law enforcement that al Qaeda had discussed “hijacking a commercial airliner using Muslim extremists of non-Arabic appearance”, specifically, “Chechen Muslims affiliated with al Qaeda, but already present in the United States”. And in December of last year, DHS issued a report warning that “Federal and local law enforcement authorities should be aware that al-Qaida terrorists may not appear Arab,” and specifically that “Chechen rebels are increasingly using female suicide bombers to attack soft targets throughout Russia, such as public commercial centers, a rock concert, a theater and government leaders. Non-Arab al-Qaida operatives could find it easier to avoid unwanted scrutiny since they may not fit typical profiles.”

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