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In pictures: War in Chechnya
Rebels in the forests

The Chechen rebels made good use of the mountain terrain.

They used forested hillsides for cover, and for mounting ambushes.

They could also rely on considerable public support.

In 1996, they came down from the hills and regained control of Grozny, forcing the Russian authorities to make peace.

The rebels' military commander, Aslan Maskhadov, was elected president in January 1997.

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