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Allah's Angels: Chechen Women in War

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In this comprehensive portrait of the women of Chechnya in modern war, Paul Murphy challenges conventional thinking on why they fight and are willing to kill themselves in the name of Allah. His book covers the two wars with Russia in 1994 and 1999 and the present conflict with Islamic Jihadists. It argues that these wars forced Chechen women to venture far beyond their tr ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by US Naval Institute Press
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E.P.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Chechen wars (1994-6 and 1999-2009, sort of) were brutal for everyone involved. But for Chechen women, they were particularly devastating. "Allah's Angels" documents their participation and their suffering.

Getting hard data about almost any aspect of the Chechen wars can be an exercise in frustration--even things that are supposedly monitored carefully by the government, such as Russian troop casualties, are underreported and vary wildly, depending on whom you ask--and so it is not surprisin
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Alyssa
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: school, research, politics
Using this book for research for my Senior Thesis about female terrorists in Chechnya, but I really found it interesting! Definitely something to pick up and look into.
Of particular note are the White Stocking Snipers, a group of female snipers named not after pantyhose, but rather for white sport pants worn by skilled Soviet sharpshooters in the Baltics. Oh, and their classic trademark is a bullet to the crotch.
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