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Chechen Strongman Calls Islamic State Governorate in Caucasus a 'Bluff' | VICE News

Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of Russia's Chechnya republic, says that the Islamic State (IS) was just bluffing when it announced the creation of its first <i>wilayat</i>, or governorate, in the northern Caucasus of Russia earlier this week.<p>Analysts aren't so sure of this, suggesting that IS could …

The Islamic Caucasus Emirate in Syria

Salahuddin Shishani, the former emir of the Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar who now leads a group of jihadists from the Caucasus in Syria, swore …

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Chechen Leader Rejects Claims Of Islamic State Branches In Muslim North Caucasus Region

The leader of Chechnya dismissed claims Wednesday that the Islamic State group has opened branches in the predominately Muslim North Caucasus …

Source: Caucasus Emirate leader killed in Dagestan - Russia Beyond

According to preliminary information, one of the four militants killed in a counterterrorist operation in Dagestan has been indentified as Caucasus Emirate leader Magomed Suleimanov, a source with the Dagestan law enforcement agencies told Interfax on Aug. 11.<p>"According to preliminary data, four …

Europe’s Highest Ski Lifts Rising Above the Caucasus

In pre-season ski news, OJSC "Northern Caucasus Resorts has begun construction of the highest aerial lift in Europe at Mount Elbrus.The post Europe’s …

Islamic State on recruitment spree in Russia’s North Caucasus

The Russian province of Dagestan, a flashpoint for Islamic violence in the North Caucasus, is feeding hundreds of fighters to the Islamic State in Syria – and now some are coming back home with experience gained from the battlefield.<p>The departures mean that the region itself has become markedly …

We're in the Army Now

RUSSIAN ARMY THE STRONGEST IN THE WORLD 2013 HD

RUSSIA READY for BIGGEST MILITARY DRILL "Troops on FULL ALERT" | Defense |

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US and British army parade 300 yards from Russia border

American armoured vehicles and British soldiers parade through Estonian border city of Narva, as tensions between Russia and the West continue to escalate<p>US army vehicles and British soldiers paraded through the streets of an Estonian city just 300 yards from the Russian border yesterday, in a …

Poland mulls compulsory army training due to Russia fears

Poland could call up men with no military experience to take part in compulsory army exercises as Russia threat looms<p><b>Poland</b> could call up men with no military experience to take part in compulsory army training, under new regulations governing who can be drafted into uniform.<p>The legislation, signed …

Russian Military To Create Two New Armies In West Of Country As Hostility Toward NATO Increases

The Russian military plans to create two new armies in the west of the country by winter, according to a senior military source cited by the …

11 incredible pictures from Russia's International Army Games

But from August 1 to 15, Russia will still get to showcase its military might.<p>The International Army Games, which are taking place outside of Moscow, are Russia's way of strengthening military cooperation with 16 countries during a time of increased international isolation for Moscow, while also …

War Against ISIS: Russian Forces Ready To Meet With Free Syrian Army To Defeat Islamic State, Minister Says

Russia is ready to establish contact with the Free Syrian Army, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, according to a report by Sputnik …

Ukraine’s Other War May Matter As Much As Its Fight With Russia

KIEV, Ukraine—A year ago, the only topic of conversation in Ukraine’s capital was the war. Did Russia want to take half the country or just a part of …

Inside the Ukrainian special forces fight against separatists – and their own government

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Reporter<p>Bio<p><i>AVDIIVKA, UKRAINE —</i> On the outskirts of this shell-ridden town, a two-man team of Ukrainian special forces soldiers watches the war from their black and green balaclavas.<p>A Sept. 1 cease-fire has reduced the fighting here to sporadic outbreaks of …

Russian officials believe Sinai plane brought down by bomb: U.S. sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian communications intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies showed Russia believed the plane that crashed in Sinai, Egypt, on Oct. 31 was brought down by a bomb, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.<p>An Egyptian military helicopter flies over debris from a …

Russia, Iran have signed contract for missile system delivery: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday.<p>Russia's President Vladimir …

London Olympics 'sabotaged' by Russian athletes who were 'doping'

The World Anti-Doping Agency commission said the London Olympics were more or less sabotaged by allowing Russian athletes to compete when they should …

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New photos suggest Russia's operation in Syria stretches well beyond its air campaign

Russia first launched air strikes to support President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's four-year civil war on Sept. 30 but has repeatedly said it has no intention of mounting a ground operation.<p>It has instead said it will limit its help to military trainers, advisers and deliveries of military equipment.<p>…

How Russian athletics’ rotten system built a wall to conceal doping and deceit | Sean Ingle

Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images<p>The report recommends that Mariya Savinova, who won 800m gold at London 2012 and Ekaterina Poistogova, who finished third, be banned for life along with three other Russian …

Russia is accused of a massive doping program, and may be banned from the Olympics

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Russian athletes, coaches, and trainers—backed by the Russian government and the FSB intelligence agency—have run a massive and sophisticated covert doping scheme to dominate track and field competitions, according to an explosive report by the World Anti-Doping Agency …