Russian forces kill up to five suspected militants in Dagestan: Ifax

MOSCOW Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:16pm EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian security forces killed up to five suspected militants in armed confrontations in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan on Saturday, the Interfax news agency reported.

Two officers were wounded in the fighting in the Caspian Sea coastal city of Derbent, where police and other government forces stormed two homes, Interfax cited law enforcement authorities as saying. Police could not immediately be reached.

The bodies of three suspected militants were found in one of the homes after a gunbattle, and two were believed to have been killed in the other home, the report said.

Dagestan, a mostly Muslim region in Russia's North Caucasus, along the country's southern edge, is plagued by an Islamist insurgency rooted in two post-Soviet separatist wars in the neighboring Chechnya province.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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carlmartel wrote:
This action should remind Americans that Russia fights the people who bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing 3 and wounding 264, some with arms and legs blown off. The Tsarnaev brothers came from the southern Caucasus where some islamic extremists have fought against Russia for years. Further, one of Osama bin Laden’s six reasons for the September 11th attacks was that the US did not force Russia out of the southern Caucasus. These terrorists are supported by al Qaeda, but the US may need another September 11th attack to wake up and understand that Russia is a de facto military ally of the US.

Russia was America’s ally in WWII when it fought two thirds of Hitler’s war machine while the US, Britain, and others tied down one third of the NAZIs in their western and southern fronts. The US and future NATO countries did not adopt the political system of Russia during or after WWII, and they need NOT adopt Russia’s political system today, but the West could use Russia’s manpower, its alliance with China with Beijing’s manpower, the world’s biggest oil and gas station in Russian Siberia, and the world’s biggest industrial manufacturing facilities in China.

Apr 26, 2014 4:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jbsds wrote:
If Russia is some kind of ally, then we really have another holy mess. Afghanistan is supposedly our ally, but continues to try brow beat the US what we are doing there. Maybe it is time to back off or out of some these fights. If the people don’t want us, then get out. If they do want our help, then they should not put so many conditions on what we do, that we become nothing more than a target. We should have learned our lesson about playing world cop and target in Viet Nam. When will we learn?

Apr 26, 2014 5:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
crod526 wrote:
When is Putin granting Dagestan and Chechnya a vote to see if they want to remain part of Russia?

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