by request, i'm posting this link over here. we ak heads have read it many times.
this is a first person account of the first russian war against chechnaya: the battle for control of grozny, the capital city of chechnaya.
while the english transliteration leaves a little to be desired, this account of a russian army soldier's days in the assault to take grozny provide an illuminating insight into the minds and deeds of the islamic jihadis.
warning! this is a graphic account of a real battle in a real war. there are atrocities descibed on both sides!lib.ru/MEMUARY/CHECHNYA/chechen_war.txt
also, seak out the russian accounts of the war in afghanistan. they are fascinating and provide valuable information on how our enemy fights, his tactics, mindset, goals and most importantly, how to defeat him. the russians learned some hard, hard lessons in the stan.
you can do text searches using the various russian military units and get an almost day-by-day account of both the afghan and the chechen wars.