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Satellite imagery of Israeli strike in Latakia released




Two suspected Islamist insurgents opened fire on a police car that was heading back to the village of Burshi in Dagestan, killing four police officers. The car was ambushed after the policemen had investigated a robbery.




Syria Weighs Its Tactics as Pillars of Its Economy Continue to Crumble




US seeking direct nuke talks with Iran: report




US officials confirm Israeli strike on Yakhont missiles in Syria




Russian Court Upholds Ban On Religious Clothing At Stavropol Region Schools




Did Israel strike in Syria again?




Russia delivered to the UN an 80-page report claiming that Syrian rebels used sarin gas in a deadly attack near Aleppo in March. During a special operation in southern Chechnya yesterday, security forces reportedly killed Rustam Saliev, a.k.a. Abu-Muslim, a wanted Caucasus Emirate commander in Chechnya's Achkhoi-Martan district. The head of Russia's top mixed martial arts club was killed in Dagestan. A journalist who had recently criticized local authorities in articles on bombings and shootings in Dagestan was assassinated near Makhachkala.




The Cold War Roots Of Islamist Terrorism




A man was hospitalized after a package exploded in his hand, blowing it off, outside a McDonald's restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg. A video by Doku Umarov, leader of the Islamist Caucasus Emirate insurgency, was released recently, the first since November. In the video, Umarov vowed to prevent the 2014 Winter Olympics from taking place in Sochi, "using any methods" and with "maximum force."




Poll Shows Half Of Russians Don't Oppose Chechen Split




Senators urge Obama to get tough on Russia, Ecuador over Snowden




Who is who in Taliban's Qatar negotiators?




Islamist militants in Chechnya's Shatoi district clashed with police, killing one policeman and injuring 14 others in a shootout. Security forces are searching for the militants, who have fled to the mountains. Captured Ingush insurgency commander Emir Magas, a.k.a. Akhmed Yevloyev, has denied serious charges and pled guilty only to setting up an illegal group and possessing weapons.




In Snowden playbook, Obama administration prioritized legal channels over diplomacy




Magomed Magomedov, a member of the Dagestan parliament representing the United Russia Party, was arrested for links to Islamist insurgents. A suspected insurgent was killed and four police officers were wounded in western Dagestan after two insurgents threw grenades at the officers during a special operation. The mother of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev said neither she nor her husband will attend Dzhokar's trial in the US.




President Putin said that wanted NSA leader Edward Snowden "is a free man," and added that Russia has no extradition agreement with the US. Putin also stated that Russian special security services "are not engaged with him and will not be engaged." Snowden is at Moscow airport, Putin confirmed.




Obama's hands-off approach to extraditing Snowden draws criticism




Officials: Obama's policy team trying to 'rein in' Kerry over pledges to allies, rivals




US officials worried about security of files Snowden is thought to have