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The Foreign Ministry expressed concern over reports that Saudi Arabia was planning to provide antiaircraft and antitank weapons to Syrian rebels as they are likely to be used far from Syria. The ministry also said it was worried about the use of Jordan's territory for the transit of such weapons and for training camps for rebel fighters.
Tengiz Guketlov, a Caucasus Emirate leader in Kabardino-Balkaria, issued a statement yesterday claiming that six killings in Stavropol in January were in retaliation for the killing of 35 allegedly innocent local Muslims by security forces. He denied that the six deaths were connected to the Islamist terror group's threat to disrupt the Olympics in Sochi. The Ingush media branch of the Caucasus Emirate issued a statement on Feb. 5 taunting visitors to the Olympics with threatened attacks.
Police claimed to have a killed a possible mastermind of the Volgograd bombings, identified as "Mirzayev," head of the "Kadarskaya gang." He is said to have been killed during a shootout with security forces in Izerbash in Dagestan.
Russian authorities identified Asker Samedov and Suleyman Magomedov, who were members of a militant Islamist group in Dagestan, as the two suicide bombers who detonated in separate attacks in Volgograd last month. Two accomplices, brothers Magomednabi and Tagir Batirov, were arrested yesterday in Dagestan.
Chechen leader Ramazan Kadyrov said that Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov had died of wounds received during security operations two months ago in Chechnya. Kadryov also claimed to have years ago personally killed four brothers of Aslambek Vadalov, a possible contender to replace Umarov. The head of the Russian Orthodox church called for religious literacy as an "intellectual rebuff" to the "pseudo-religious arguments" of Islamist extremists seeking recruits. The Caucasus Emirate claimed that it attacked a police patrol on Jan. 26 in the Babayurtovsky region of Dagestan. Special operations forces in Kyrgyzstan recently arrested three alleged members of the banned group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Foreign Minister Lavrov ruled out talks with terrorists in Syria, including the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and "other al Qaeda branches." The Foreign Ministry called for the Guantanamo Bay detention center to be closed before the end of President Obama's term. A UK threat assessment warned that terrorist attacks by the Caucasus Emirate are "very likely" to occur before or during the Sochi Olympics, but that Sochi itself would be hard to target. The Caucasus Emirate claimed to have killed at least two policemen and injured dozens of others in a bomb attack on a Makhachkala casino. In a Jan. 24 message, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri praised Chechen jihadists as models of "steadfastness" for Islamists in Egypt and Tunisia.
Vilayat Dagestan, a North Caucasus militant Islamist group that has claimed two recent bombings in Volgograd, issued a statement calling on Russians to "decapitate [the] hydra" of the Kremlin or face further attacks. Magomed Magomedov, a deputy in the Daghestani parliament, was arrested on charges of organizing a criminal group; his brother, Ruslan Magomedov, was added to a wanted list. Nine Circassian organizations have issued a joint statement disclaiming any terrorist intentions despite their disapproval of the choice of Sochi as the Winter Olympics site.
A Dagestani cell of the Caucasus Emirate claimed that a recent government raid against fighters in Chontaul killed civilians instead; the group also threatened further attacks. The Caucasus Emirate acknowledged the death of Eldar Magatov, one of its officials, in a government raid. The State Duma passed a bill increasing penalties for terrorism convictions.
Moscow's top immigration official said security forces detained an Egyptian member of al Qaeda in October who was seeking asylum; 15 members of the al Qaeda-linked At Takfir Wal Hijra were detained in November. Russian authorities are looking for potential 'black widow' suicide bombers Jhannet Tsakhaeva, from Dagestan, and Oksana Aslanova, from Turkmenistan, as well as two men, Ruslan Saufutdinov and Murad Musaev, who are thought to be planning attacks in southern Russia. Security forces identified one of the suicide bombers in last month's attacks in Volgograd as Pavel Pechenkin, an ethnic Russian who joined a Dagestani terrorist cell in 2010. An email threatening attacks at the Sochi Olympics was sent to a several countries, including Hungary, Italy, and Germany, but officials believe it is not credible. Russia plans to continue providing humanitarian aid to Syrians displaced by the conflict.