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Authorities claimed to have killed four members of an Islamist militant cell, including leader Arsen Khandokhov, during a raid near Mount Elberus in Kabardino-Balkaria. Four security force members were killed in a shootout with militants in Dagestan. Apti Alaudinov, Chechnya's First Deputy Interior Minister, told municipal authorities that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has given him virtually unbridled powers, including the use of summary executions and planted evidence, to crack down on Islamist extremists. Russia deployed short-range ballistic Iskander missiles in the western Kaliningrad area.




Russian force training to counter militants from Syria: Chechen leader




Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said security forces are training to counter threats from jihadists who claim "that after Syria they will migrate to the North Caucasus and engage in terrorist and subversive activities." Chechen authorities have banned funeral ceremonies for anyone killed in Syria; a senior Chechen immigration official was sacked because his daughter had joined the Syrian rebels. Experts say well over 400 Russians are fighting with al Qaeda forces in Syria. The top federal investigator in Chechnya resigned after eight months. Security forces conducted a counterterroism raid in Kabardino-Balkaria and killed a suspected militant in a shootout in Dagestan.




Two suspected Islamist militants and one policeman were killed in a shootout in Ingushetia. Security forces killed three militants in Dagestan on Nov. 26.




Authorities arrested 15 members of the banned Islamist militant group At-Takfir Wal-Hijra in east Moscow. The Interior Ministry said the cell was discovered during ongoing investigations into criminal activity, not terrorism; the al Qaeda-linked group was allegedly funding its activities through crime. A quantity of weapons and explosives was confiscated, including grenades, IEDs, handguns, and bomb components, along with extremist literature.




Wanted Dagestani militant Ruslan Kazanbiev was killed in a shootout with police in Makhachkala on Nov. 19. Two policemen and a passerby were also killed in the clash, and another policeman was injured. Authorities have surrounded the house where three of Kazanbiev's associates are hiding.




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Dmitri Sokolov, the husband of Volgograd bus bomber Naida Asiyalova, was killed in a shootout with security forces in a village outside the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala; four other militants were killed with him. During negotiations with police before refusing to surrender, Sokolov admitted to making the bomb detonated by Asiyalova; he is also suspected in another suicide bomb attack in May. Earlier this month police detained a man with a suicide belt in Stavropol.




St. Petersburg Sends Contractors to Syria




Two research institutions in Moscow were hit by explosions today. A bombing of a grocery store in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, killed at least one person and wounded one more last week.




Iranian nuclear talks end without a deal




Russia sending foreign, defence chiefs to Egypt




NATO plans bigger exercises as it winds down Afghan mission




President Putin has approved a new law making a terrorist's family financially responsible for damage caused by terrorism. The law permits security forces to take action against a "terrorist association" without evidence that its members are planning terrorist acts. Two men shot and killed a judge in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, on Nov. 4. Russian authorities are cracking down on militancy in the Caucasus region ahead of the Winter Olympics, closing madrassas and even taking saliva DNA tests of conservative Muslim women for identification if they become suicide bombers; some 49 such bombers, called "Black Widows," have detonated in Russia in the past 13 years.




US intelligence suggests Syria may hide some chemical weapons




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Two bombs targeting a liquor store in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, killed one person and injured at least 10 more. A shootout between police and suspected Islamist militants in Kabardino-Balkaria yesterday left one policeman and two militants dead.




Romania works on US missile shield at Deveselu base




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