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US think tank calls Sochi Olympics 'holy grail' for Islamic radical terrorists

Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 2:15pm IST | Agency: ANI

The upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is the 'holy grail' for Islamic radical terrorists, a prominent Washington think tank has said.

Andrew Kuchins, Senior Fellow and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said during a panel discussion, said Sochi is the holy grail for a terrorist to Islamic jihadist terrorist individual or group to go after.

According to the Washington Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin said a 'ring of steel' will protect visitors from terror attacks at the Winter Olympics.

Complicating matters further for officials are fears that the "Russian bin Laden," Doku Umarov, might strike before the Winter Olympics comes to an end.

The Sochi Olympics will take place from Feb. 6 to Feb. 23.

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