US secret services used electronic bugging systems and satellite photos this past December to help Russia locate a Chechen terrorist gang, whose members were wanted for murders and kidnappings. The gang tried to escape abroad via Dagestani mountain ranges in southern Russia. (Dagestan is a North Caucasian republic, which borders on Chechnya - Ed.) This was disclosed February 2 by US News And World Report.
According to this magazine, 37 bandits were killed by Russian commandos, artillery fire and air strikes.
The magazine mentions this operation as an example of joint US-Russian anti-terrorist operations; as a rule, such operations are veiled in secrecy.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko had a telephone conversation with US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan