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Iran alerted Russia to security threat before Moscow attack, sources say

Dubai, United Arab Emirates Reuters Iran tipped off Russia about the possibility of a major “terrorist operation” on its soil ahead of the concert hall massacre near Moscow last month, three sources familiar with the matter said. In the deadliest attack inside Russia in 20 years, gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons at concertgoers on […]

Russia seeks extradition of Ukraine security service head; Ukraine rejects demand

Reuters Russia is demanding that Ukraine hand over all people connected with terrorist acts committed in Russia, including the head of the country’s SBU Security Service, the foreign ministry said on Sunday. The SBU immediately dismissed the Russian demand as “pointless” and said the Russian ministry had “forgotten” that Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin was the […]

Russia says it is hard to believe Islamic State could have launched Moscow attack

Moscow, Russia Reuters Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that it was “extremely hard to believe” that Islamic State would have had the capacity to launch an attack on a Moscow concert hall last Friday that killed at least 143 people. Zakharova repeated Moscow’s assertions, for which it has not yet provided […]

Nearly 100 people still missing after Moscow attack, Russian news site says

London, UK Reuters As many as 95 people are still missing after last week’s attack near Moscow when gunmen sprayed concertgoers with automatic weapons and set the venue on fire, a Russian news outlet reported on Wednesday. The official toll from the attack on Crocus City Hall now stands at 140 dead and 182 wounded. […]

Islamic State still a threat in Iraq, US ambassador says

Baghdad, Iraq Reuters The Islamic State still poses a threat in Iraq and the US-led military coalition’s work with Iraq to fully defeat the group is not done, United States Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski told Reuters in an interview. Senior Iraqi politicians, including Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, have repeatedly said that the group […]

Putin vows to punish those behind Russia concert massacre

Moscow, Russia Reuters Russia said on Saturday it had arrested all four gunmen suspected of carrying out a shooting massacre in a concert hall near Moscow, and President Vladimir Putin pledged to track down and punish those behind the attack. Militant Islamist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday’s rampage but there were indications that […]

Russia arrests suspected gunmen as concert toll soars to 115

Moscow, Russia Reuters Russia has arrested 11 people including four suspected gunmen in connection with a shooting rampage that killed at least 115 people in a concert hall near Moscow, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Militant Islamist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack, the deadliest in Russia for 20 years. But there were […]

US starts troop withdrawal from Kabul; hits Islamic State with drone attack

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Reuters President Joe Biden warned on Saturday that another militant attack was highly likely as US troops began their withdrawal from Kabul airport after a two-week scramble by Washington and its allies to evacuate citizens and at-risk Afghans. As Washington neared the end of its military involvement in the country with the Taliban militants it […]