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President Putin criticized Western actions in Libya and Syria as creating jihadist "blowback." The Council of Europe alleged torture of prisoners by Russian authorities attempting to suppress Islamist insurgents in the Caucasus. Two wanted Caucasus Emirate leaders were among 11 militants killed in an operation in Chechnya this week.
A judge of Daghestan's Supreme Court who worked on cases involving Islamic terrorists and militants was assassinated in Makhachkala on Jan. 15. Last week a militant and a policeman were killed in a raid in Novy Khushet near Makhachkala where two militants were holed up.
Security forces killed three militants in Kabardino-Balkaria suspected of plotting to attack churches on the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday. Authorities said the suspects were killed after opening fire on security forces; the suspects' vehicle, which caught fire, was said to contain weapons and explosives.
Russia launched its largest naval exercise in decades, with ships from its Northern, Baltic, Black Sea, and Pacific fleets heading to the Black and Mediterranean seas. The exercise, set for the end of January, will include antiterrorism and antipiracy drills. Last month military sources said Russian ships were deploying to Syria for possible evacuation of Russian citizens.
Ibragim Dudarov, a deputy mufti in North Ossetia, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen near Vladikavkaz. His mufti said Islamist militants were not active in North Ossetia. The attack is the seventh this year against Islamic leaders in Russia. Police shot and killed Alim Lampezhev, a wanted militant leader in Kabardino-Balkaria, along with two associates.
Russian naval sources said two assault ships, a tanker, and an escort ship were heading for the Syrian coast to prepare for a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria. Yesterday two Russians and an Italian were kidnapped in Syria.