MSNBC News Service:
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who came to power in 2000 by talking tough on Chechnya, stepped into the crisis, ordering his security forces to blockade the town of Nalchik, a city of 235,000, and kill any gunmen who put up resistance.
“The president gave an instruction that not one gunman should be allowed to leave the town, and those who are armed and putting up resistance must be wiped out,” Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Chekalin said after meeting Putin, Interfax news agency reported.
I’ve noted before that the Russians seem determined to fight the terrorists but don’t seem to have the ability to do so proficiently. Maybe in a year or two Iraq will send military assistance…