A Chechen looks towards a Russian checkpoint on Thursday, Jan. 31, 1995 as he stands in front of the wreckage of a Russian armored personnel carrier that was destroyed in a clash with Chechen rebels and Russian troops on Monday at the west entrance of Samashki, a Chechen village 25 miles west of Grozny. Three Russian soldiers and three Chechen women were killed in the clash. The war in Chechnya is spreading to outline towns and villages. (AP Photo/Karsten Thielker)

Karsten Thielker