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Chechen Rebels Pledge To Fight On After Leader Killed


http://gdb.rferl.org/CC419195-CF0C-4C7A-AC76-22D08A4ADEF4_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/CC419195-CF0C-4C7A-AC76-22D08A4ADEF4_mw800_mh600.jpg Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev (file photo) (RFE/RL) June 18, 2006 -- Chechen rebels pledged today to press ahead with their fight to end Russian rule in Chechnya despite the death of their leader, Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev.

In a statement on a rebel website, the separatists described Sadulayev as a "martyr" and said his death will encourage other fighters to pursue their holy war.


Russian special forces and Chechen troops loyal to Moscow say they killed Sadulayev in a gun battle in his hometown of Argun on June 17.


(Reuters)

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