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CONTENTS

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Part 1: Foreign Military Studies Office: Chechnya Studies and Material

Part 2: U.S. State Department, DoD, U.S. Government Background Information on Russia, Chechnya, Terrorism, and Related Issues

Part 3: Twenty Special Reports and Documents

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Part 1: Foreign Military Studies Office: Chechnya Studies and Material

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The Tactics of Insurgent Groups in the Republic of Chechnya

Introduction

The current situation in Russia, the United States, the Middle East and many other countries, clearly highlights the problem of the war against terrorism. Today’s terrorism is neither desperate nor isolated. In Russia it is amply financed, well led and efficiently organized into battalions, companies, platoons and squads. The terrorist organization here in Russia includes all the essential military specialties -- combat engineers and demolition specialists, snipers, RPG gunners, combat-vehicle drivers, and so on.

Russia has encountered these problems before, during the Caucasus War and the war in Afghanistan, and it is facing them again today as it carries out counter-terrorist measures in the Chechen Republic. The classic elements of combat as taught in our military academies, e.g., army and front operations encompassing hundreds of miles of territory, are not applicable in today’s world, even though their study remains important. Increasingly, Russia’s military academies are emphasizing combat actions in local conflicts. Today’s focus is on the lessons learned in Afghanistan from 1979-1989 and on Russia’s current daily experience in the Northern Caucasus region.

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