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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
The Chechen rebels' response to Moscow's claims about the surrender by increasing numbers of the mojahedin has been the opening of two new fronts in the war which is now spreading to the whole of the North Caucasus, a Chechen rebel website has reported. Moscow has been declaring a so-called "amnesty" for captured members of the mojahedin for every year of the second war and at the same time trying to present the war as a mere police operation, but the truth is that not a single member of the mojahedin has laid down his arms, the site said. The following is the text of Vakha Khasanov's report on Kavkaz-Tsentr news agency website on 15 January headlined "Moscow's official report is that there are no more mojahedin left"; subheadings have been inserted editorially:
An "amnesty" every year in Chechnya
The Kremlin regime talks again and again about its victory in Chechnya, spouting about the same so-called "amnesty" which some "500 militants" have allegedly already taken advantage of. Each time the "amnesty", which Moscow has declared on several occasions in past years, is accompanied by statements about a "stabilization of the situation" in the Caucasus. Let us recall that in just seven years …