A 7:22 minute video depicting the female Chechen jihadists (mujahidat) was posted to the Internet today, December 15, 2005, by the Global Islamic Media Front, an al-Qaeda mouthpiece. The title indicates that these women were involved in the Moscow theater operation on October 23, 2002. It seems that the women are reading their wills.
The Moscow theater siege began on October 23, 2002 and involved the holding of nearly 700 Russians hostage, as forty-one Chechen mujahideen demanded the removal of Russian troops from Chechnya. One hundred and thirty-one Russians died and all of the terrorists killed when Russian forces stormed the theater. According to media reports, the nineteen female suicide bombers within this group appeared in a video broadcast by al-Jazeera in which they spoke of their future mission as retaliatory against the Russians.
The video clip is provided to our Intel Service members.