Russian FSB Dominates Islamists In North Caucasus Gunfight

first published on December 19, 2017 by

A video released on 17 December 2017 by STRC “Stavropol,” a Russian State news agency shows an anti-terror operation by the FSB that turned into a deadly gunfight.

According to the report, three insurgents were killed during the operation in the North Caucasus village of Gubden in Dagestan.

The modern day KGB unit was conducting cordon and search operations when they met resistance. A several hour gun battle ensued, and the Islamist militants were cornered in residential area home.

The FSB was successful in killing the target insurgent leader, Aligadzhi Hamutayev, during the operation. The now deceased Hamutayev was wanted for killing eight civilians, and also wanted for an attack on a Russian military convoy. according to the report, there was no collateral damage.

The raid itself appears to be pretty standard operating procedure of how these home front raids are conducted by Russian forces. The troops clear dwellings based on previously developed intelligence, and stand ready for the insurgents’ reaction. As we have seen in previous videos, the Islamists get backed into a corner, surrounded, and when the negotiations fail, the Russian troops use overwhelming firepower to crush the resistance and whatever fortification they are holed up in.

Traditionally, people think of Chechnya as the Russian government’s Islamist headache in the Caucasus. However, in recent years we have seen a growing frequency of violent anti terror operations in the geographically larger and more populated Dagestan. The federal subject of Dagestan has been ground zero for the anti-Russian Islamist movement throughout the Caucuses in recent times. The region has also seen infighting as factions have declared allegiance to both the Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE) and head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.


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