President Vladimir Putin is turning to Barack Obama for help protecting the costliest Winter Games ever from attacks by Islamic extremists, including hundreds of battle-hardened jihadists now fighting in Syria.
A suspected female suicide bomber killed six people on a bus in the Russian city of Volgograd in what would be one of the biggest terror attacks in the country since a blast at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport in 2011.
Russia will avoid turning Sochi into a “concentration camp” even as it takes extra precautions to counter threats of terrorist attacks during next year’s Winter Olympics, the Federal Security Service said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has designated Chechen insurgent leader Doku Umarov for anti-terrorism sanctions aimed at stemming the flow of money and other aid to him, the State Department said.
The Chechen leader Russian President Vladimir Putin picked to snuff out Islamic extremism has a motto he shares with visitors via a billboard of himself at Grozny airport: “Happiness is serving the people.”
Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov , who claimed responsibility for a March terrorist attack on the Moscow metro, may have stepped down as head of the self-styled Caucasus Emirate, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.
The Northern Caucasus region of Russia has become an incubator of Muslim extremism amid the convulsions of a separatist conflict in Chechnya that killed tens of thousands of people, turned hundreds of thousands into refugees and sent embittered exiles across the globe.
Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed 36 people at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport last month and vowed more attacks in a video posted on the Internet.