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Chechnya: Oil-rich region in northern Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, 7,720 square miles, or about size of New Jersey. Moscow considers area vital to maintaining influence in Caucasus region. Estimated 1.2 million people; several hundred thousand have fled region to escape fighting. Population mostly Muslim with strong religious beliefs. Clan-type groups with influential elders.

Links: Chechen Republic Online: http://www.amina.com/
Haqqani: http://www.naqshbandi.net/haqqani/sufi/chechen_hist.html