With recent news regarding the Boston Bombing suspects and their alleged ties to Chechen terrorism and, hence, al-Qaeda, a sub-debate has emerged among those individuals who remain glued to mainstream media outlets such as FOX News or CNN. This unfortunate red herring revolves around the question of whether or not Chechen terrorists are, in fact, linked to al-Qaeda.
Yet, the links between Chechen terrorists and their al-Qaeda counterparts are relatively well documented, even as far as the mainstream media accounts are capable of producing. Thus, the question for the general public should not revolve around potential links between the two terrorist factions, but around the more important issue of who al-Qaeda actually is.
After all, if al-Qaeda functions as an umbrella organization for Islamic fundamentalist terrorists the world over, it is important to seek the true head of the overarching network, not merely the outlying tentacles that manifest themselves in various different locations across the globe. For that reason, it is first important to point out that Chechen “rebels,” much like their “rebel” cousins in Syria, are, in fact, receiving training, weapons, and financial support via the very networks that so vociferously claim to oppose them – the United States and British governments.