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New Video Threatens Security at Sochi Olympics

A new video has surfaced from an Islamic militant group in Russia's Dagestan region. In it, two men promise "a present" for tourists attending next month's winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
A new video has surfaced from an Islamic militant group in Russia's Dagestan region.  In it, two men promise "a present" for tourists attending next month's winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Many U.S. officials are concerned for the safety of Americans attending the games.

An Islamic terrorist group in Russia has released this video threatening attacks during next months Olympic games.  In it, two men also claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in Volgograd last month which killed 34 people. 

"This is an organization that is dedicated to violence for its political gain," said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on "Face the Nation".  "They have publicly stated they want to target the games; they have already targeted security in the region."

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell says Russian intelligence must cooperate more with the U.S. to prevent an attack at the games. "They don't want to admit they don't have complete control here and that they might need some help."

Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to promise the games will be safe.
"The job of the Olympics host is to ensure security of the participants in the Olympics and visitors.  We will do whatever it takes," Putin told ABC's "This Week".

Russia has spent 2-billion dollars on an operation called the "ring of steel." Approximately 40,000 police and military personnel will patrol the fortified area around the Olympic site.


"I think it's more likely that the attacks will probably happen outside the perimeter," believes Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.  He made the comments on ABC's "This Week."

Earlier this month, the State Department issued a warning saying the Olympics are "an attractive target for terrorists."

An estimated 15,000 Americans  will head to Russia for the games, which is far fewer than more recent Olympics.
The games begin February 7th.

(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)

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