MOSCOW, October 4 (Itar-Tass) — Active operations of own units and collaboration with counterparts abroad has enabled the Russian Federal Security Service /FSB/ and other bodies in charge of safeguarding law and order to drive most agents of Al Qaida out of North Caucasus, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov said Thursday.
“A big number of militants affiliated with Al Qaeda have been eliminated in the course of security operations in North Caucasus of late,” he said. “Those who still remain at large play a tentative role in raising funds for the paramilitaries but their number is really small enough.”
“We’ve managed to a definite degree to slash the activity of international terrorist organizations in North Caucasus,” Bortnikov said. “Not that they’re absent there altogether now but their embrace there isn’t as wide as it used to be.”
“This means we’ve been able to press the international terrorist quarters in Northern Caucasus down quite efficaciously,” he said. “There are no odious warlords representing Al Qaida in North Caucasus today.”