MOSCOW, April 15 (RIA Novosti) - The Taliban and
other terrorist movements active in Afghanistan pose a major
threat to Russia's security, a high-ranking FSB officer said on
Col. Gen. Alexei Sedov said that groups including al-Qaeda
and Islamic Jihad "present a major danger for Central Asian
states, and for Russia as well."
Early in the year Russian Deputy Interior Minister Arkady
Yedelev said that al-Qaeda is active in south Russia's
republics of Daghestan and Chechnya, and regularly supplies
local militant groups with weapons and explosives.
Sporadic terrorist attacks and militant clashes remain
commonplace in the two Caucasus republics, as well as in nearby
Ingushetia, although the Kremlin ended its campaign to fight
separatists and terrorists in the region several years ago.