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    5 Things You Might Be Asking about the Sochi Terrorist Threats

    With two weeks to go before the opening of the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, terrorist threats have many questioning the security of the games. The Foundry asked Heritage’s expert on the region, Ariel Cohen, for some perspective on the threats. Where are the terrorist threats to the Olympics coming … More

    Embassy Closings Reflect Benghazi Failure

    The closing of 21 U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East grows out of the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack in at least two ways: The failure of the Obama Administration to retaliate in any way against those who attacked our consulate and killed a U.S. ambassador has emboldened the enemies … More

    Boston Bombers Have Roots in the Ungovernable, Islamist North Caucasus

    The North Caucasus has emerged as an ungovernable safe haven for terrorists, as the government of Russia is at the end of its wits as to how to stem the Islamist insurrection. The brothers who allegedly undertook the Boston Marathon bombing and reportedly planned to hit Times Square in New … More

    North Caucasus: Islamist Threat Comes from a History of Violence

    The Boston Marathon bombers have brought greater attention to Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, their ancestral home. As painful their heinous acts are, however, the bombers’ actions are just a footnote to the history of insurgency and connections to global Islamist networks in the North Caucasus. The North Caucasus has a … More

    Chechnya: A Troubled Land

    News out of Boston today has focused attention on the increasing extremist violence in Russia’s North Caucasus region, as two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have been identified as Chechnya natives. Russia’s Northern Caucasus is one of the most volatile, lawless regions in the world and a hotbed of … More

    Anti-Terrorism Operation in North Caucasus Exposes Russia's Vulnerabilities

    ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA — The Kremlin’s control over the North Caucasus region has come under scrutiny as a massive counterterrorism operation in the area got underway. The latest counterterrorism operation took place in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria and in some parts of Dagestan, Russian media reported Sunday. The National Anti-Terrorism … More

    North Caucasus Suicide Bombing Highlights Russia's Islamist Terrorism Problem

    The suicide bombing on August 19 in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia in Russia is a tragic reminder of increasing extremist violence in this troubled region. The suicide bomber targeted participants in the funeral of the police officer killed in a shooting incident the day before. The explosion killed … More