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Sochi? The Athletes are Coming

January 27, 2014
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You would never know from news reporting that the main reason for the Sochi Olympics in Russia is to test the skills of athletes.

For now, Sochi is all about whether terrorists will be successful in setting off  bombs. Russia has amassed a security force that is really an army. But the question is how trained is the security force in preventing a suicide bomber from setting himself or herself off?

The big news is that U.S. athletes are telling their families to stay home. More than 10,000 Americans had been expected to attend. Why is Sochi under such a threat?

Sochi is in the North Caucasus region of Russia. For many years there have been separatist movements in nearby Chechnya and Dagestan. The militants have already set off suicide bombs at the Volgograd train station as a warning that the Olympic games will be targeted.

The U.S. government is taking the threats seriously. It is sending the F.B.I and other law enforcement agencies to protect the athletes. There are plans for evacuation should violence take place.

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is telling everybody that Russia has the situation under control. He is reassuring foreigners they will be safe.

Several counties have received threats.

The U.S. and Russia are cooperating on security. For example, the U.S. has a great deal of experience from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It knows a lot about IEDs (improvised explosive devices). It is sharing this information with Russia.

There will be skiing, ice hockey, skating and all the winter sports. Everyone hopes that the world will be able to focus on the athletes and not the terrorists.

The games start on February 7th, 2014

Source: Christian Science Monitor                                                                                    January 24, 2014

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