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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The great miracle - Adnan al-Rifai - the prophecy of the demise of Israel

The Numerical great miracle



 المعجزة الكبرى - عدنان الرفاعي - نبوءة زوال إسرائيل


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Paul Craig Roberts: The CIA May Have Just Assassinated Boris Nemtsov In Moscow To Blame Putin

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 28.02.2015 | 23:37 

On the heels of the news out of Moscow that Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, today Dr. Paul Craig Roberts spoke with King World News about the CIA and the murder of Nemtsov.  This is a fascinating trip down the rabbit hole with the former U.S. Treasury official as he is warning that the CIA may be out of control.

Paul Craig Roberts just told KWN:  “There are numerous historians and memoirs that have documented that the CIA has used academic professors and journalists to support the CIA's agenda.  The CIA for many, many decades has been manipulating the American people.

KWN Roberts 2:28:2015
CIA Out Of Control

All I can tell you is that the CIA is powerful and has never had its wings clipped.  If the Church Committee Hearings (pictured above) weren't able to rein it in, I would suspect it's literally out of control.

KWN Roberts III 2:28:2015
Look At What They Did To Kennedy When He Was About To Take On The CIA

You have to keep in mind that when President John F. Kennedy found out what was really going on with the CIA and tried to do something about it, they simply assassinated him.  This is according to many well-researched histories and eyewitnesses.”

King World News Roberts 2:28:2015
Boris Nemtsov, pictured above, was just assassinated in Moscow.

The CIA May Have Just Assassinated Boris Nemtsov In Moscow To Blame Putin


By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Former U.S. Treasury Official

February 28 (King World News) – Boris Nemtsov, a Russian dissident politician highly critical of President Vladimir Putin often sounded like an agent of Washington. He was shot and killed today on a street near Red Square.

If Nemtsov wasn’t assassinated by the CIA in order to blame Putin, most likely Nemtsov was killed by Russian nationalists who saw him as Washington’s agent.

Remembering the Magnitsky affair that resulted in sanctions imposed on Russians as a result of the US Congress over-reacting to a jail death in Russia, Nemtsov’s death will likely be blamed on Putin. The Western media will repeat endlessly, with no evidence, that Putin had his critic killed.

KWN Roberts II 2:28:2015
"Putin Much Too Smart To Play Into Washington's Hands"

I can tell you one thing, and that is that Putin is much too smart to play into Washington’s hands in this way. Moreover, Nemtsov, although a loud mouth, had no impact on Putin’s 85% approval rating. Nemtsov’s support resided in the Washington-funded NGOs in Russia.

KWN Roberts IV 2:27:2015
CIA Assassinates Nemtsov?

If the CIA assassinated Nemtsov, they killed their own asset. It remains to be seen if the propaganda gains justify the CIA’s loss of a Putin critic.”

From Bloomberg: Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said by phone that “the president noted that there are all the signs that this was a hit and also an extreme provocation.”
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Mass crowd in Yarmouk demanding departure of terrorists

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Hundreds of al-Yarmouk camp residents gathered at the entrance of the camp demanding the exit of terrorists to enable the locals to return to their houses.
The participants condemned the crimes committed by terrorists and stressed that terrorists are tools of the U.S. – Zionist hostile schemes in Syria and the region.
Head of the Reconciliation Committee in the camp Sheikh Mohammad al-Omari said the purpose of the gathering is reminding the public opinion of the tragedies of the Palestinians and Syrians who used to live here, adding that the true jihad should be against those who occupied the Arab lands and denied the Palestinians their right to return to their houses.
Head of al-Yarmouk branch of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party said the gathering stresses that forcing the locals to leave their houses is part of the conspiracy against Syria and the Palestinian cause, adding that the terrorists have proved that they are connected to foreign agendas and do not want the suffering of the locals ended.
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Ramsey Clark: U.S. training terrorists in Syria is a dangerous practice



Yemeni supporters of the Houthis shout slogans during a demonstration against what they call foreign interference in Yemeni politics on February 27, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. AFP/Mohammed Huwais.
Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
Supporters of the Houthi movement and those of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi staged rival rallies across Yemen on Friday, while the US drone strikes continued in the country.
Thousands of Houthi supporters gathered in Sanaa and the western city of Hajjah to express support for the group's takeover of the capital in September.
Houthi supporters shouted slogans in support of the "constitutional declaration" issued from capital Sanaa by the Houthis after dissolving parliament earlier this month.
Hadi supporters gathered in the southern Taiz province to demand that the national capital be relocated to the southern city of Aden, where Hadi hopes to reinstate his embattled presidency.
Protesters also shouted slogans against the recent "occupation of Sanaa" by Houthi militants.Anti-Houthi protesters also staged a demonstration in the western al-Hudaydah province. The central Ibb province, meanwhile, saw rallies by both camps.
Last week, Hadi fled Sanaa — where he had been placed under house arrest by the Houthis — to the southern city of Aden.
Western-backed Hadi has been seeking to restore his authority from Aden, and earlier this week received representatives of Yemen's seven political parties.
Hadi, who is also backed by the United Nations as Yemen's legitimate ruler, retracted a resignation he offered last month.
He said he hopes to make Aden secure for the return of foreign diplomatic missions, after many countries including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates shuttered their embassies.
Meanwhile, Kuwait joined its Gulf partners Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and decided to reopen its Yemeni embassy in Aden, instead of the militia-controlled capital Sanaa.
"In the framework of supporting constitutional legitimacy in Yemen represented in President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi... the state of Kuwait has decided to reopen its embassy in the city of Aden," the foreign ministry said, quoted by the official KUNA news agency.
The ministry said the decision was in accordance with an agreement by the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Saudi Arabia and the UAE also announced this week that they would reopen their Yemen embassies in Aden.
The Houthis, who have long clashed with central authorities, descended from their power base in northern Yemen to seize Sanaa in September.
After their attempts to expand into southern and central Yemen were checked by fierce resistance from al-Qaeda and from tribesmen, the militia moved to take power this month in what Yemen's Gulf neighbors branded a coup.
Yemen has fallen into turmoil since a 2012 uprising forced out autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had been in power for 33 years, after a year of unrest. Following Saleh’s overthrow, the Houthis, al-Qaeda, separatists from the former independent South Yemen, and tribesmen have been fighting each other to gain power and territory in the fragile state.
US drone strike kill three people
Meanwhile, a drone strike on Saturday killed three alleged al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.
The raid "targeted a vehicle in which three members of al-Qaeda were riding in the village of Bijan, in Shabwa province," the source said.
All three were killed, and their bodies burnt.
Despite the turmoil, US President Barack Obama vowed on January 25 not to let up in the American campaign against jihadists in the strife-torn Arabian Peninsula country.
Obama ruled out US troop deployment in Yemen but said Washington would continue "to go after high value targets inside Yemen," admitting however that this was "a long, arduous process."
The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is seen by the United States as the deadliest branch of the global extremist network.
Critics of US drone strikes have denounced the impact the attacks have had on Yemeni civilians, who have been killed or seen their homes destroyed.
On January 27, a Yemeni rights group said a sixth grade student was among those who killed in January 26 US drone strike east of the capital Sanaa.
In December 2013, a US drone strike on a wedding convoy in Yemen killed 17 people, mostly civilians.
The United States counts any male of military age killed in drone strikes as “militants,” regardless of their actual involvement with al-Qaeda.
(AFP, Anadoul, Al-Akhbar)

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Former Israeli Spy Officials Admit Failure in Blocking Deal with Iran


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Iran nuclear plantFormer Zionist intelligence officers admitted that Tel Aviv has failed to block the Iranian nuclear program, warning of the negative repercussions against the Jewish entity in case a deal between Iran and the West is reached.

Speaking to the Zionist Channel 10, a former Mossad head, Jacob Perry, said that the recent negotiations imply a high motivation of the US administration to sign a deal with the Islamic Republic without thinking of imposing sanctions that might allow monitoring, following up and interference when needed.

For his part, Amos Yadlin, former head of military intelligence, voiced concerns about how the Zionist entity can ensure that Iranians will halt uranium enrichment when they reach the limit they need for their peaceful program.

"If their (Iranians') program advanced, what the very tough sanction would be. This has to be agreed upon between Israel and the United States," he told the Jewish channel.

Moreover, the Zionist pessimistic view of the future regarding a possible deal with Iran led former officers to call for putting the military option on table once again.

"Lifting sanctions on Iran, as well as visits of Presidents and ministers to Tehran for economic transactions, will give it further power which might be exploited in other fields of concern to us," Giora Eiland, former Zionist National Security Advisor, said to the Hebrew media outlet.
Former Zionist officers frequently reiterate warnings  of harming the relations between the United States because of the Iranian nuclear program, which they believe will put Tel Aviv "in a tight corner."

Talks on Tehran's nuclear program have made substantial progress, and a spokeswoman for the European Commission said in Brussels Friday that senior diplomats from the six world powers (US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) and Iran will resume talks on a nuclear agreement in Montreux, Switzerland on Tuesday.

Source: Al-Manar Website
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IDLIB’S TERRORISTS FEEDING ON EACH OTHER – RAT DEFENSES CRUMBLING; SYRIAN ARMY PLUGS MORE OF THE JORDANIAN BORDER

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IDLIB: There is no question any longer about supplies from Turkey.  As hard as Erdoghan is trying to facilitate the movement of terrorists into Syria and Iraq, he’s not succeeding as far as resupply is concerned.  With Hakan Fidan out of the picture on the intelligence side and in the picture as a potential candidate for Parliament, Erdoghan is left with a deputy head of MIT to run affairs.  It is not certain how zealous the new head of MIT is with regard to subverting relations with neighboring countries.  As of today, it seems the terrorists are more interested in stealing the weapons possessed by other groups than in fighting the vastly superior Syrian Arab Army.  If some of you are befuddled by the seeming lull in the fighting, be advised the army is now just watching the rats cannibalizing one another.  It’s beautiful.

Abu Dhuhoor Airbase:  They can’t get in. Nusra and Ahraar Al-Shaam have given it their all and they are spent.  Since February 18, 2015, there has been no action here.  Wael confirms no evidence they are regrouping or reforming to mount another assault.  The SAAF has been very active over this site when weather conditions permit.  The base is fully resupplied and reinforcements have been posted.

Umm Jareen:  Continued skirmishing.  The SAA’s strategy is to starve the enemy here and to insure no resupply.  Tanks are regularly used to provoke firing from the rat side to further cause attrition in both lives and materiel.  The rats are not long for this area.

Tal Salmu:  Same philosophy being used here.  With supply lines cut, more and more rats are surrendering leaving the die-hard foreigners to die.

Hallooz Village: This picturesque village overlooking the town of Jisr Al-Shughoor with its population of troglodytes, is my deceased mother-in-law’s ancestral village.  It contains streets reminiscent of the Bible, narrow and cobblestoned, with a church under which a water spring pours a delicious, clean and cool stream of water.  It’s no wonder Britain’s rodents have tried to settle here; after all, what do you have similar to this in Libya or Tunisia?  Most of the rodents from other countries come from impoverished backgrounds and find the atmosphere in Hallooz to be most refreshing.  Until yesterday when 14 were killed trying to return to the village.  Here are the only identified rats:
Milhim Nu’maan
Jaabir ‘Ali Salhaf
The rest were all clearly foreign, many having features typical of North Africans.  No survivors.

Duwwayr Al-Akraad:  9 hyenas were killed in a firefight here when the SAA invaded a nest pointed out by loyal citizens who have had enough of England’s rabid savages.  I have no names.

Ma’arrat Hurma:  Heavy fighting on February 24, 2015 with the SAA continuing to close all pathways out of the area.  It is a matter of time before the Syrian elements surrender, if allowed to, and the foreigners shall all go straight to Hell.

Similar strategies being applied in these areas: Qar’ Al-Ghazaal, Al-Hoota, Jabal Al-Akraad, Al-Shughur, ‘Ayn Al-Baarida, Al-Qatroon, Ma’arrat-Massreen.  
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DER’AH:
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Tal-‘Antar:  The Syrian Army has established complete control over this town effectively inserting more corks in bottlenecks used by the terrorists to infiltrate murdering savages and weapons into Syria from Jordan.  We hope King Abdullah enjoys the company of rats in his country – especially ones with their backs against the wall.
Kafr Naasij: In addition to the rat leader and field commander, Abu ‘Umar Al-Mukhtaar, whose descent into Hell we reported yesterday, these also were announced today on terrorist websites:
“Abu Al-Jarraah Al-Jurdhi” (Id pending.  He was Alqaeda’s Southern Front Canonical Judge. Hilarious.)
Muhammad Qateesh
Mahmoud Al-Ghawthaani
CITY: At the Bilaal Al-Habashi Mosque and the Camp Quarter, a cannon and a 23mm Doschka were seized and immediately transferred to our PDC for use in killing Wahhabists.
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SYRIAN ARMY


Tal Al-Majda’:  This town sits on a major route for smuggling cannibals and their weapons out of Jordan. No more.  The SAA and PDC cleared it out and have established unchallenged control over it.

SAA in Deir Ezzor Killing Terrorists- Video


Thursday, February 26, 2015


Powerful footage of the SAA army units kicking terrorist's collective ass.

Today, according to SANA, the SAA killed terrorists belonging to ISIS and destroyed a number of their vehicles in al-Jaffra and al-Mreihya in Deir Ezzor. Also, the SAA attacked ISIS terrorists on  street Al-Madeeqat Al-Markaziyeh near the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, killing 16 of the terrorists and capturing their doshka mounted vehicle.

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In Midst of War, Ukraine Becomes Gateway for Jihad


EDITOR'S CHOICE | 27.02.2015 | 22:04
 
“OUR BROTHERS ARE there,” Khalid said when he heard I was going to Ukraine. “Buy a local SIM card when you get there, send me the number and then wait for someone to call you.”

Khalid, who uses a pseudonym, leads the Islamic State’s underground branch in Istanbul. He came from Syria to help control the flood of volunteers arriving in Turkey from all over the world, wanting to join the global jihad. Now, he wanted to put me in touch with Rizvan, a “brother” fighting with Muslims in Ukraine.

The “brothers” are members of ISIS and other underground Islamic organizations, men who have abandoned their own countries and cities. Often using pseudonyms and fake identities, they are working and fighting in the Middle East, Africa and the Caucasus, slipping across borders without visas. Some are fighting to create a new Caliphate — heaven on earth.  Others — like Chechens, Kurds and Dagestanis — say they are fighting for freedom, independence and self-determination. They are on every continent, and in almost every country, and now they are in Ukraine, too.

In the West, most look at the war in Ukraine as simply a battle between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government. But the truth on the ground is now far more complex, particularly when it comes to the volunteer battalions fighting on the side of Ukraine. Ostensibly state-sanctioned, but not necessarily state-controlled, some have been supported by Ukrainian oligarchs, and others by private citizens. Less talked about, however, is the Dudayev battalion, named after the first president of Chechnya, Dzhokhar Dudayev, and founded by Isa Munayev, a Chechen commander who fought in two wars against Russia.

Ukraine is now becoming an important stop-off point for the brothers, like Rizvan. In Ukraine, you can buy a passport and a new identity. For $15,000, a fighter receives a new name and a legal document attesting to Ukrainian citizenship. Ukraine doesn’t belong to the European Union, but it’s an easy pathway for immigration to the West. Ukrainians have few difficulties obtaining visas to neighboring Poland, where they can work on construction sites and in restaurants, filling the gap left by the millions of Poles who have left in search of work in the United Kingdom and Germany.

You can also do business in Ukraine that’s not quite legal. You can earn easy money for the brothers fighting in the Caucasus, Syria and Afghanistan. You can “legally” acquire unregistered weapons to fight the Russian-backed separatists, and then export them by bribing corrupt Ukrainian customs officers.

“Our goal here is to get weapons, which will be sent to the Caucasus,” Rizvan, the brother who meets me first in Kiev, admits without hesitation.


WITH HIS WHITE hair and beard, Rizvan is still physically fit, even at 57. He’s been a fighter his entire adult life. Born in a small mountain village in the Caucasus, on the border between Dagestan and Chechnya, Rizvan belongs to an ethnic minority known as the Lak, who are predominantly Sunni Muslim.

The world that Rizvan inhabits — the world of the brothers — is something new. When he first became a fighter, there wasn’t any Internet or cell phones, or cameras on the street, or drones. Rizvan joined the brothers when the Soviet Union collapsed, and he went to fight for a better world, first against the Russians in Chechnya and Dagestan during the first Chechen war in the mid-1990s. He then moved to Azerbaijan, where he was eventually arrested in 2004 on suspicion of maintaining contact with al Qaeda.

Even though Rizvan admits to fighting with Islamic organizations, he claims the actual basis for the arrest in Azerbaijan — illegal possession of weapons — was false. Authorities couldn’t find anything suspicious where he was living (Rizvan was staying at the time with his “brothers” in the jihad movement) but in his wife’s home they found a single hand grenade. Rizvan was charged with illegal weapons possession and sent to prison for several years.

In prison, he says he was tortured and deliberately housed in a cell with prisoners infected with tuberculosis. Rizvan took his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, accusing the authorities in Azerbaijan of depriving him of due process. The court eventually agreed, and asked the Azerbaijani government to pay Rizvan 2,400 euros in compensation, plus another 1,000 euros for court costs.

But when Rizvan was released from prison, he didn’t want to stay in Azerbaijan, fearing he would be rearrested, or even framed for a crime and again accused of terrorism. “Some of our people disappear and are never found,” he says. “There was one brother [who disappeared], and when he was brought for burial, a card was found showing that he was one of 30 people held in detention in Russia.”

In Russia, a warrant was issued for Rizvan’s arrest. Returning to his small mountain village was out of the question. If he goes back, his family will end up paying for what he does, anyhow. “They get to us through our families,” he says. He condemns those who refused to leave their own country and fight the infidels. This was the choice: either stay, or go abroad where “you can breathe freedom.”

“Man is born free,” Rizvan says. “We are slaves of God and not the slaves of people, especially those who are against their own people, and break the laws of God. There is only one law: the law of God.”
After his release from prison in Azerbaijan, Rizvan became the eternal wanderer, a rebel — and one of the brothers now in Ukraine. He came because Munayev, now head of the Dudayev battalion, decided the brothers should fight in Ukraine. “I am here today because my brother, Isa, called us and said, ‘It’s time to repay your debt,’” Rizvan says. “There was a time when the brothers from Ukraine came [to Chechnya] and fought against the common enemy, the aggressor, the occupier.”

That debt is to Ukrainians like Oleksandr Muzychko, who became one of the brothers, even though he never converted to Islam. Muzyczko, along with other Ukrainian volunteers, joined Chechen fighters and took part in the first Chechen war against Russia. He commanded a branch of Ukrainian volunteers, called “Viking,” which fought under famed Chechen militant leader Shamil Basayev. Muzychko died last year in Ukraine under mysterious circumstances.

Rizvan has been in Ukraine for almost a year, and hasn’t seen his family since he arrived. Their last separation lasted almost seven years. He’s never had time to raise children, or even really to get to know them. Although he’s a grandfather, he only has one son — a small family by Caucasian standards, but better for him, since a smaller family costs less. His wife calls often and asks for money, but Rizvan rarely has any to give her.

I N THE 17th century, the area to the east of the Dnieper River was known as the “wilderness,” an ungoverned territory that attracted refugees, criminals and peasants — a place beyond the reach of the Russian empire. Today, this part of Ukraine plays a similar role, this time for Muslim brothers. In eastern Ukraine, the green flag of jihad flies over some of the private battalions’ bases.

For many Muslims, like Rizvan, the war in Ukraine’s Donbass region is just the next stage in the fight against the Russian empire. It doesn’t matter to them whether their ultimate goal is a Caliphate in the Middle East, or simply to have the Caucuses free of Russian influence — the brothers are united not by nation, but by a sense of community and solidarity.

But the brothers barely have the financial means for fighting or living. They are poor, and very rarely receive grants from the so-called Islamic humanitarian organizations. They must earn money for themselves, and this is usually done by force. Amber is one of the ideas Rizvan has for financing the “company of brothers” fighting in eastern Ukraine — the Dudayev battalion, which includes Muslims from several nations, Ukrainians, Georgians, and even a few Russians.

The brothers had hoped the Ukrainian authorities would appreciate their dedication and willingness to give their lives in defense of Ukrainian sovereignty, but they miscalculated. Like other branches of fighters — Aidar, Azov and Donbass — the government, for the most part, ignores them. They’re armed volunteers outside the control of Kiev, and Ukraine’s politicians also fear that one day, instead of fighting Russians in the east, the volunteers will turn on the government in Kiev. So ordinary people help the volunteers, but it’s not enough. The fighters associated with the Ukrainian nationalist Right Sector get money, cars and houses from the rich oligarchs.

Rizvan has a different plan. He’s afraid that if they begin stealing from the rich, the Ukrainian government will quickly declare their armed branch illegal. He’s decided to work in the underground economy — uncontrolled by the state — which the brothers know best.

Back in the ’90s, the amber mines in the vast forests surrounding the city of Rivne were state-owned and badly run, so residents began illegally mining; it was a chance at easy money. Soon, however, the mafia took over. For the right daily fee, miners could work and sell amber to the mafia at a fixed price: $100 per kilogram. The mafia conspired with local militia, prosecutors and the governor. That was the way business worked.

As a result, although Ukraine officially produces 3 tons of amber annually, more than 15 tons are illegally exported to Poland each year. There, the ore is processed and sold at a substantial profit. The Rivne mines operate 24 hours a day. Hundreds of people with shovels in hand search the forest; they pay less to the mafia, but they extract less amber and earn less. The better off are those who have a water pump. Those people pump water at high pressure into the earth between the trees, until a cavity 2 to 3 meters deep forms. Amber, which is lighter than water, rises to the surface.

At one point, Rizvan disappeared in Rivne for several weeks. When he returned, he was disappointed; he’d failed to convince the local mafia to cooperate with the brothers’ fight for an independent Ukraine. But now, he has other arguments to persuade them. His men are holding up the mines, by not allowing anyone into the forest. Either the local gangsters share their profits, or no one will get paid.

Rizvan doesn’t like this job. He knows it won’t bring him any glory, and could land him in prison. He would have preferred to be among the fighters at the front lines, where everything is clear and clean. He says he can still fight, but he’s already too old to really endure the rigors of battle, even if he doesn’t want to admit it. He may still be physically fit, but fighters don’t usually last longer than a few years. Then they lose their strength and will to fight.

He has other orders from Munayev: he’s supposed to organize a “direct response group” in Kiev. The group will be a sort of rear echelon unit that take care of problems, like if someone tries to discredit the Dudayev battalion. It will also collect debts or scare off competition. There’s no doubt the new branch will work behind the lines, where there isn’t war, but there is money — as long as you know where to get it. If need be, the direct response group volunteers will watch over the mines in Rivne, or “will acquire” money from illegal casinos, which operate by the hundreds in Kiev.

Rizvan sends me photos of the group’s criminal exploits: they came into the casinos with weapons, and broke into the safes and slot machines. They disappeared quickly, and were never punished. The money went to food, uniforms, boots, tactical vests and other equipment necessary for the fighters. The mafia knows they can’t beat them at this game. The brothers are too good, because they are armed and  experienced in battle. The police aren’t interested in getting involved either. In the end, it’s illegal gambling.

I told Rizvan that it’s a dangerous game. He laughed.

“It’s child’s play,” he says. “We used to do this in Dagestan. No one will lift a finger. Don’t worry.”

RIZVAN FINALLY DROVE me to see his “older brother,” to Isa Munayev, and his secret base located many miles west of Donetsk.

Riding in an old Chrysler that Rizvan bought in Poland, we drove for several hours, on potholed and snowy roads. Rizvan had glued to the car one of the emblems of Ukraine’s ATO, the so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation, which includes both soldiers and volunteers in the fight against separatists.

The bumper sticker allows him to drive through police traffic stops without being held up — or if he is stopped, they won’t demand bribes as they do from other drivers. The ATO sticker, Rizvan’s camouflage uniform, and a gun in his belt are enough to settle matters. Policemen salute him and wish him good luck.

He drives fast, not wanting to rest, sleep or even drink coffee. If he stops, it’s to check the compass on his belt to check the direction of Mecca. When it’s time to pray, he stops the car, turns off the engine, places his scarf in the snow and bows down to Allah.

Asked whether — after so many hardships, after so many years, and at his age, almost 60 now — he would finally like to rest, he answered indignantly, “How could I feel tired?”

There’s much more work to do, according to Rizvan. “There’s been a small result, but we will rest only when we’ve reached our goals,” he says. “I’m carrying out orders, written in the Holy Quran. ‘Listen to God, the Prophet.’ And I listen to him and do what I’m told.”

On the way into the city of Kryvyi Rih, we met with Dima, a young businessman — under 40 — but already worth some $5 million. He’s recently lost nearly $3 million from his business in Donetsk, which has been hit hard by the war. Dima worked for Igor Kolomoisky, one of the oligarchs who had been funding Ukraine’s volunteer battalions. Dima and Rizvan have only known each other for a short time. Rizvan claimed Dima owed him a lot of money, although it’s unclear from what. Rizvan kept bothering him, threatening to blackmail him. Finally, he got $20,000 from Dima.

That’s not nearly enough to support the Dudayev battalion. But Rizvan had something bigger to offer Dima: amber. Now, Dima was ready to talk. He came up with the idea to find buyers in the Persian Gulf, including wealthy sheikhs. They would like to sell an entire house of amber: furniture, stairs, floors, and inlaid stones. It only takes contacts, and Rizvan has them. The brothers from Saudi Arabia like to help the jihad in the Caucasus and the Middle East.

The next day, Rizvan was behind the wheel again. The old Chrysler barely moved, its engine overheated. A mechanic with an engineering degree and experience working in Soviet arms factories connected a plastic bottle filled with dirty water to the radiator using a rubber hose.

“I don’t know how long I’ll last,” Rizvan says suddenly. “It depends on God. I’ll probably die on this road. But I don’t have any other road to take.”

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