In Money Jihads earlier post on the history of terror finance in Chechnya, one name came up again and again: Ibn al-Khattab. The terrorist leader was an early disciple of Osama bin Laden, and would benefit from bin Ladens encouragement and financial support for years until al-Khattabs death in 2002.
But al-Khattab was also a force unto himself, managing the flow of jihadist recruits and financing their operations in the Chechen guerrilla war against Russia. One of the better descriptions of al-Khattabs activities comes from the book Chechen Jihad by Yossef Bodansky. Heres an excerpt: (continue reading...)(...more)