Bloomberg and Zerohedge covered Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks on Wednesday accusing Western security services of aiding and abetting terrorist attacks inside Russia and near the Eurasian country's borders [a possible reference to the U.S. and Russia trading allegations of support for, respectively, the Taliban and ISIS]. Putin also turned the tables on U.S. allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, saying that unnamed foreign actors were trying to adversely influence politics and society in Russia.
Putin's latest discussion of alleged threats to Russia's national security came in a televised speech to the foreign intelligence service (SVR), days after the U.S.-based film director Oliver Stone's four part interviews with Putin recorded over the last two years aired on Showtime. In the first part of that series Putin accused the CIA of direct complicity in terrorist activity in the Caucuses, both before 9/11 and after, saying he informed then President George W. Bush about it, who promised the Russian President he'd 'look into it', with Moscow eventually receiving a written reply direct from Langley stating that the CIA reserved the right to maintain contacts with so-called 'opposition forces' in the country that the Kremlin fought two bloody wars against. Stone's documentary notably showed on screen during Putin's translated remarks screenshots of the 'American Committee for Peace in Chechnya', later called the American Committee for Peace in the Caucuses which featured numerous Cold War hardliners like Zbigniew Brzezinski and Elliott Abrams on its board.
The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) also released an unclassified 116-page report this week on Russia's growing military capabilities in which the Pentagon's analysts assessed that the Kremlin fears Western efforts at 'regime change' after the violent Maidan change of power in Ukraine, which the American media and government refer to as a popular revolution rather than a foreign sponsored-coup. Tensions remain high between the world's two leading nuclear powers even as the U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis appeared to back off a Trump White House threat to bomb Syrian government forces over alleged and now supposedly cancelled preparations to use chemical weapons Damascus denies. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Russia again warned the U.S. against aggressive acts in Syria and the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement carried on the RT TV network reminding the Americans of the falsifications regarding Iraqi WMD used to justify invading Syria's neighbor in 2003:
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Produced by Al Jazeera, ISIL: Target Russia delivers unprecedented access to the extremist terrorist organization, including their never-before-filmed female fighters. The focus of their current strategy is driven by a thirst for revenge against Russia.
Russia’s history in the region is inflammatory. In December of 1979, Soviets sent their military to fight in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. They sought to overthrow the extremists who operated there, but their efforts were costly and ultimately futile. Pulling out of the region after nearly a decade of brutal bloodshed, USSR left behind a vacuum which empowered the rise of the Taliban (during the cold war were initially armed and trained by the USA) and subsequently the rise of Al-Qaeda and ISIL.
Now, under the direction of President Vladimir Putin, Russia is striking out against ISIL in Syria, and their actions have further intensified the hostilities of the terrorist group. Instead of structuring their retaliatory aggression against the West, ISIL now considers Russia their number one enemy, and they’re determined to launch a series of devastating attacks on the Russian homeland. ISIL fighters have their sights set squarely on cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, and they claim to have sleeper cells fully embedded and at the ready.
For its part, Russia expresses supreme confidence in their ability to defeat any ISIL enemy that crosses over their borders. Yet recently, a deadly subway bombing was carried out by a lone extremist in St. Petersburg. This incident exposed Russia’s vulnerability to such threats, and served as a potential forecast to the dangers yet to come.
There are no shortage of documentaries on the scourge of terrorist conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere, but ISIL: Target Russia is unique among them. This film allows us to see the faces of the enemy, hear their thoughts as expressed in their own voices, and learn their strategies for enacting their schemes of vengeance. We meet a mother who suffers in a constant state of fear and exhaustion, but nevertheless feels it is her duty to defend her family against the tyranny of Russian involvement in the region. We watch as they flee a mountain camp after catching sight of an oncoming drone. We feel the presence of impending doom as they outline their grandiose plans for annihilating Russian opponents.