Robert Schaefer, colonel of an elite squad of the US Army Green Berets, who in the early 2000s became one of the main developers of the plan for military exercises in Georgia, and later, as a result of years of research, wrote the book "The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus: From Gazavat to Jihad", gave an interview to Russian Service of state. dept. radio Voice of America, in which he told about the Jihad in the Caucasus Emirate.
According to him, there is a war of liberation in the Caucasus, which the Russian stubbornly refuse to call as such for very obvious reasons:
"If they suddenly start saying that they have there a rebellion and rebels, then they would have to admit that there is a war going on in the Caucasus, and this means that there may be reasons for dissatisfaction, and perhaps there is reason to negotiate with the other side", says Schaefer.
According to him, there is a liberation Jihad in the Caucasus Emirate in its full bloom. And this Jihad is the latest manifestation of the war, which has continued over last 300 years in the Caucasus.
"Resistance is transformed, and there were periods of complete calm. But if you look bigger, then what is happening now is not much different from what happened in the mid-19th century", said Col. Schaefer
He offers to look at the types of operations carried out by the Mujahideen: obviously there are attacks that are manifestations of a guerrilla war. According to him, the overwhelming number of the Mujahideen attacks are directed at invaders and minions.
"According to international military law, they are all combatants - and are regarded as legitimate targets", indicates Col. Schaefer.
He criticizes the bankrupt Russian statements on ending the war in the North Caucasus:
"In certain months the number of dead Russian soldiers and officers in the North Caucasus exceeds the number of coalition soldiers killed in the hottest periods of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan (because Schaefer is an American aggressor, he cites understated Pentagon's figures for American casualties).
And no one says these conflicts are over. Then why do we not call the Caucasian war a conflict?", asks the colonel.
The problem of the Kremlin, says Robert Schaefer, is a wrong approach to the war in the Caucasus Emirate. Full control over the information gives Russia an advantage and opportunity to form in the West the stance Russia needs in regard to the Caucasian war.
At the same time, says Col. Schaefer, Russia can not stop the growth of Jihad "precisely because of the falsification of reality".
"Improper identification of the enemy deprives government of possibility of forming programs and strategies that would stop violence the Americans could not stop the Jihad in Afghanistan with all their "programs and strategies"). The designation of each and every terrorist is not useful to anyone ...
Terrorism and insurgency are different phenomena. And it is impossible to apply against insurgency the technique for the struggle with terrorism ... There is a insurgency. If they are going to have to deal with the real problem, they need an entirely different set of skills and operations", Schaefer advises the Russians.
According to him, after the proclamation of the Caucasus Emirate in 2007, the Mujahideen are capable of operating much more efficiently.
The Jihad is spreading. The number of attacks on Russian invaders and minions significantly increased, the combat zone has spread across the region.
The main part of this conflict are the inhabitants of the Caucasus Emirate, said Schaefer, and now they fear not of the Mujahideen, but of invaders and minions. "This is the main problem for the Russians", says the colonel.
"And the main lesson to be learned from all this kind of war, is the fact that communication is a much more important part of what is happening on the battlefield. This tiny, invisible war is going on in millions of places throughout the Caucasus. And each man there is before a choice", concludes Schaefer.