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Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Political Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests [May 1, 2012]   [open pdf - 646KB]

"In early April 2012, Azerbaijani security forces reportedly carried out operations against several terrorist cells in towns in the northern part of the country. In Ganja, one security officer was killed by a suicide bomber, said to be the first such bombing in Azerbaijan. Authorities alleged that the cells were part of the 'forest brothers' Islamic terrorist group, largely based in the trans-border Dagestan republic of Russia. Azerbaijani state television reported that some of the Azerbaijanis in the group had been trained at al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan camps in Pakistan and had then fought with Taliban forces in Afghanistan against coalition forces and in Dagestan. Other training had been received at al Qaeda camps in Iran and Syria. In early 2011, the 'forest brothers' group allegedly had decided to carry out jihad in Azerbaijan by targeting Shiite mosques and shrines; Christian churches; Jewish synagogues; and police, defense, and security offices."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL33453
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