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    Terrorists may be preparing to expand their violence to other states, the Russian president warned.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Terrorists are attempting to use the Middle East and North Africa as a springboard to destabilize other countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

    “Growing terrorist activity and the merging of radical groups with transnational organized crime present a particular danger today. The situation in the Middle East and North Africa raises extreme concern. Terrorists are attempting to use this region as a springboard, are recruiting and training new militants, who may be used to destabilize other states,” Putin said during a security session with the special services from the Commonwealth of Independent States.


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