A counter-terrorism raid by Georgian security forces has sparked accusations of excessive force and an investigation by the country's prosecutor's office. Analysts say the case will determine how Tbilisi polices domestic terror for years to come.
On December 26, security forces raided two villages in the Pankisi gorge, detaining four people and critically injuring another, Temirlan Machalikashvili, with a gunshot wound to the head. That incident has triggered protests in Pankisi and criticism throughout the country.
The raid followed a November 22 shootout in Tbilisi’s Isani district that resulted in the death of Ahmed Chatayev, an ISIS operative who masterminded the Istanbul Ataturk Airport bombings in 2016, and two alleged accomplices. That operation, too, sparked controversy and accusations the authorities withheld information from the public.
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