The Secret Battles Between US Forces and Chechen Terrorists

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_a959a7f6e4.jpgUS Dept of Defense (WASHINGTON) -- For the last 12 years, U.S. Special Operations forces have repeatedly engaged in fierce combat in Afghanistan against ruthless Taliban allies from Chechnya, who have the same pedigree as their terrorist brethren threatening to disrupt the Winter Olympics in Russia, current and former commandos tell ABC News. "I'd say Chechens were a fair percentage of the overall enemy population early in Operation Enduring Freedom," recalled an active-duty senior Special Operations officer.

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Fires Continue to Burn in Kiev, 26 Dead

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_38930a2dbb.jpgPhoto by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images (KIEV, Ukraine) --  Smoke rises over Kiev on Wednesday, as Ukraine’s capital city continues to burn following a night of deadly violence between riot police and anti-government protesters. At least 26 people, including one journalist, have died and 241 others were hospitalized, Ukrainian Health Ministry officials said. President Viktor Yanukovych blamed opposition leaders for the riots.

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Cathay Pacific Flight to Hong Kong Hits Turbulence, Nine Injured

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_430ceefbb8.jpgPhoto by Christian Keenan/Getty Images (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Just one day after a United Airlines flight hit turbulence that left five people injured, a Cathay Pacific flight en route to Hong Kong suffered a similar complication, with nine people injured. According to a statement from Cathay Pacific, the flight left San Francisco at 11:48 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday carrying 321 passengers and 21 crew members.

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Ukraine Violence Leaves at Least 9 Dead

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_bf33d7426b.jpgSANDRO MADDALENA/AFP/Getty Images (KIEV, Ukraine) -- Violence between police and anti-government protesters in Kiev took a deadly turn Tuesday -- with at least seven civilians and two police officers reportedly killed. As an evening deadline for rioters to disperse passed, police were reportedly seen encircling tens of thousands of protesters who have occupied a central square for months. Earlier in the day, clashes broke out as crowds tried to march towards parliament.

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US Navy Ship on Olympics Duty Ran Aground

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_be795d2f8f.jpgUnited States Navy (WASHINGTON) -- The frigate USS Taylor, one of two Navy ships assigned to the Black Sea during the Sochi Winter Olympics, briefly ran aground last week in a Turkish port where it had gone to refuel. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. Some damage to the ship’s propeller blades was reported, but none to the ship’s hull. U.S. Naval Forces Europe confirmed the frigate is being inspected for damage.

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