Rooskies to operate in Iraq?

Russian special services told to strike militants who killed 4 workers in Iraq

This is quite a development:

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s special services to hunt down and “destroy” the killers of four Russian diplomats in Iraq, the Kremlin said.

Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Federal Security Service — the main successor to the Soviet KGB — later said that everything would be done to ensure that the killers “do not escape from responsibility,” the Interfax news agency reported.

“The president has ordered the special forces to take all necessary measures to find and destroy the criminals who killed Russian diplomats in Iraq,” the Kremlin press service said in a brief statement.

Interesting and possibly cause for a bit of concern. Thoughts?


  1. Putin is old-school. Reminds me of what happened in Lebenon. Families were included in that retribution.

  2. This was predicted by, IIRC, someone on StrategyPage. You don’t want to get on Russia’s bad side. Seriously. It’s OK for superpowers to wrangle but they tend to take person stuff real personal.. if you know what I mean.

  3. Shipmates, Sounds like an excellent plan to me. Let the terrorists worry night and day about when they’ll be found….. Respects, AW1 Tim

  4. It took the Russians almost a decade to locate and kill Aslan Mashkadov in Chechnya, a territory on *Russian* soil populated by friendlies everywhere that is perhaps 2% the size of Iraq. Shamil Basayev is still at large. The odds are that the Russians will never find the killers, let alone be able to kill them. My feeling about the Lebanese incident is that it is a bunch of bull spread around by the Soviet propaganda organs to provide an impression of Soviet omnipotence in order to cow the gullible. This incident in Iraq – in addition to the continued existence of a Chechen rebellion – will expose the Russians for the paper tigers that they are. If a target can’t be nuked, the Russians are helpless.