The Associated Press sent a dispatch late Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at approximately 6 pm GMT that reads as follows, in a KC translation from a pro-Russian into normal English:
KARACHAYEVSK, Russian-held Caucasian Muslim state of Karachaevo-Cherkessia: Russian occupation forces on Wednesday, November 22, 2006, were shelling a mountainous area close to Chechnya in a bid to destroy a group of Mujahideen led by Chechen State President Dokka Umarov, a Mujahideen fighter told The Associated Press
The Mujahideen claimed that large numbers of Russian troops had surrounded Dokku Umarov and his forces in a forest near the village of Yandi-Katar on the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya.
Helicopters were patrolling the area and artillery forces were shelling the forest for the third day, he told the AP by telephone, speaking on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.
The Russian military's regional headquarters and the pro-Moscow Chechen administration declined comment. End of quotation.
As reported by the Chechen Daymohk news agency citing an anti-Russian group, the Chechen Committee of Mational Salvation, an unnamed official in the puppet administration of Chechnya said on Wednesday afternoon that the Chechen President Dokka Umarov had been wounded in the area of the village Yandi Kotar in the Achkhoi Martan district of Chechnya.
Late on Wednesday, a Russian FSB-operated news agency, Regnum (English-language Web site available) citing its own "source" in Chechnya reported that a large-scale Russian military operation in the are of the village of Yandi Kotar had been going on for the last three day, Daymohk said.
On Thursday morning, a Russian invaders' spokesman, Varavin, said there had been no large-scale military operations in the last time in the Achkhoi Martan district at all.
It is all not news to us. The Russians always lie. We are accustomed to it.
But of course in our English Sevice of the Kavkaz Center news agency the AP reporting in of primary interest to us.
The AP never cites the Kavkaz Center in military operations and tallies of Russian casualties. And now it started to cite an anonymous "Chechen rebel", as it said in its pro-Russian English. Isn't it strange? Did the AP cite on its own or was it asked to cite? The only entity that could ask in that case is the Russian terrorist group FSB, the same guys that recently fatally poisoned a Russian defector in London and murdered an American female journalist in October.
Chechen Mujahideen never phone the AP. We are not in Afghanistan with its special features. In Chechnya and Iraq, the Mujahideen use only their own agencies for reporting. Does the AP know about it?
It was the first time that the AP ever quoted a "Chechnen rebel", by the way.
The AP did not reject its message from Karachaevsk yet and didn't report about the official rejection of this story by Russian military.
It seems to us that the FSB simply tested some new technology in their psychological war against Chechnya. But why does the AP help these Russian terrorists? Why?