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The Assad regime in Syria claimed to have received a first shipment of S-300 Russian missiles. Russia's Foreign Ministry said officials from Russia, the US, and the UN would meet on June 5 to try to pave the way for a Syrian peace conference. Special forces surrounded a militant hideout in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, and killed three suspected militants who refused to surrender; a woman and a child were allowed to leave the premises.




Israel could swoop on S-300 missiles in Syria, but with risks




Russia sends arms to Syria as it tries to reassert its role in region




Decision to End Syrian Arms Embargo Angers Russia




A female suicide bomber detonated in a car near a police building in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala, killing herself and wounding at least 12 other people. Madina Alieva, the widow of two slain Islamist militants, blew herself up after being stopped by police for a document check about 100 meters from the regional police ministry, seriously injuring two police officers. On May 20, two car bombs near court buildings in Makhachkala killed four people and wounded dozens more. Violence in the region has surged recently.




Russia says Assad agrees 'in principle' to join Syria peace talks




Geneva talks on Syria last chance to avoid foreign intervention




West may boost Syria rebels if Assad won't talk peace




Russian security forces killed Dzhamaleil Mutaliyev, whom they described as the "right hand man" of Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov, during a shootout in the Ingush town of Nazran. Mutaliyev was killed along with another militant, Alikhan Ozdoyev, after refusing to surrender during a night raid in Nazran.




Security forces killed two suspected insurgents and arrested a third after a gunbattle in a Moscow suburb; the three men were Russians who had trained in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and were said to be planning an attack in the capital. Two successive car bombs detonated near court buildings in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala, killing as many as eight people and wounding over 20. Successive bomb attacks are a hallmark of the North Caucasus Islamist insurgency.




Russia Signals Deep Support for Syria With New Missiles




EU to block arming of Syrian rebels




Syrian conflict threatens to spark ethnic upheaval in Turkey




Conspiracy Theories in Kyrgyzstan: Accounts Tie Boston Bombers' Family to Mafia




From Toronto to Dagestan; Canadian jihadi draws parallels with Tsarnaev




A court in the southwestern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don is hearing the case of Ali Taziyev, a.k.a. Magas, a top commander in the Caucasus Emirate Islamist insurgent group. He was arrested in 2010, and faces 24 charges of terrorism, including planning the assassination attempt against Ingushetia leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov in 2009. A bomb detonated in the Dagestan capital of Makhachkala, killing two people and seriously injuring two more.




Security forces raided the home of two suspected terrorists in Dagestan, killing both. One of the dead men was identified as "the bomber" Shakhrudin Askhabov, who was linked to attacks on police and local stores. Five suspected insurgents have been killed in Dagestan this week, and thousands of people were evacuated from a Dagestani village during a counterterrorism operation earlier in April.




U.S. Analysis of Syria's Russian-Made Air Defenses




Russia Says Chemical Weapons No Pretext For Syria Intervention




Families Fear Kyrgyz Sons Are Making Way To Syrian Battlefield