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Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK


Dagestan rebels call in Chechen warlord

Islamic separatists in Russia's Dagestan region have named Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev as their military commander, and called on him to drive Russia "infidels" from the land.

Basayev himself has not been reported as commenting on this, although Russian sources say he is already fighting with the rebels.

The separatists also called for the arrest of Dagestani leader Magomedali Magomedov for working with the Russians, and gave all other Muslims working with the authorities three days in which to repent or else face arrest as well.

The following are decrees by the rebel leadership - the Islamic Shura of Dagestan - as published on the pro-separatist Chechen Kavkaz-Tsentr website on Wednesday 11 August:

Rebels name Basayev their commander

In the name of God the Merciful, the Compassionate!

In view of the necessity of liberating the Islamic territory of Dagestan from age-old occupation by Russian infidels, taking into account the great military experience and authority of the amir of the Majlis of Muslims of Chechnya and Dagestan, Shamil Basayev, proceeding from the historical unity of Chechnya and Dagestan, joined by the blood of Dagestani and Chechen mojahedin and our great Imams in centuries of joint struggle against the aggression of Russian infidels, the Islamic Shura of Dagestan decrees:

To place on the amir of the Majlis of Muslims of Chechnya and Dagestan, Shamil Basayev, the authority of military amir of the united forces of Dagestan's mojahedin until the infidels have been completely driven out of the sacred Muslim territory of Dagestan.

God is Great!

The Islamic Shura of Dagestan

Rebels call on Basayev to launch jihad against Russians

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate!

In view of the most grave struggle of the Muslims of Dagestan against the infidels and their Dagestani stooges who have sold out and betrayed their faith, whose heads were cut off by Imam Shamil in accordance with the shari'ah, the Islamic Shura of Dagestan appeals to the amir of the Majlis of Muslims of Chechnya and Dagestan, Shamil Basayev, to lead the holy jihad in Dagestan until the infidels have been driven completely from the Muslim land of Dagestan.

We remind Shamil Basayev of his obligation as a Muslim to fulfil his duty before the religion of the Great God!

God is Great!

The Islamic Shura of Dagestan

Rebels threaten pro-Russian Dagestani leaders with arrest

In the name of God the Merciful, the Compassionate!

Taking as a basis the demands of shari'ah to punish Muslims who have taken infidels as their friends and who through their acts are damaging Islam and helping the enemies of the religion of God, the Islamic Shura of Dagestan decrees:

1. To arrest the leader of the so-called State Council, Magomedali Magomedov, as a traitor to the cause of Muslims and the religion of the Great God.

2. To warn the remaining Muslim leaders who are serving the infidels and opposing the establishment of shari'ah in Dagestan within three days to perform the act of repentance and cross to the side of the mojahedin or to disperse to their homes and not damage the jihad.

Should this condition not be met and these leaders do not perform the act of repentance within three days, they will be arrested.

The Islamic Shura of Dagestan

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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