US had warned Russia ISIS was determined to attack

 The United States warned Moscow that ISIS fighters were intent on attacking Russia in the days before attackers stormed Crocus City Hall in an attack that killed dozens, but President Vladimir Putin dismissed the advice as "provocative."



Gunmen stormed a concert hall near Moscow on Friday, opened fire and threw a Molotov cocktail in the worst terrorist attack in the Russian capital in decades.


ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.


Experts said the scale of the carnage — some of which was captured in video footage obtained by CNN that showed crowds of people gathered behind padded benches as gunshots echoed through the Great Hall — would be deeply embarrassing for the Russian leader who championed his message. National Security just a week ago, by winning the elections organized by the country.


They said that not only were Russian intelligence services unable to prevent the attack, but Putin failed to heed US warnings that extremists were planning to attack Moscow.


Earlier this month, the US Embassy in Russia said it was "following reports that extremists have imminent plans to attack large gatherings in Moscow," including concerts, and warned US citizens to avoid such venues.


US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said that the US government "shared this information with Russian authorities in accordance with its long-standing 'duty to warn' policy."


But in a speech on Tuesday, Putin criticized the US warnings, describing them as "provocative" and saying that "these actions resemble outright blackmail and the intention to intimidate and destabilize our society."


This position came despite the Russian authorities reporting several incidents linked to ISIS in the past month.


State agency RIA Novosti reported on March 3 that six ISIS members were killed in an anti-terrorism operation in Ingushet Karabulak; On March 7, he said that security services discovered and “neutralized” a cell of the banned Khorasan Province organization in the Kaluga region, whose members were planning an attack on a synagogue in Moscow; On March 20, he said that the leader of an ISIS combat group had been arrested.


Two sources familiar with US information said that since November, there has been a steady flow of information that ISIS-K — an ISIS affiliate active in Afghanistan and the surrounding region — is determined to attack Russia.


Moscow has clearly intervened in the Syrian civil war, both in support of President Bashar al-Assad and against ISIS.


ISIS-K “sees Russia as complicit in activities that regularly persecute Muslims,” said Michael Kugelman of the Washington-based Wilson Center, quoted by Reuters.


He added that the group also includes members of several Central Asian militants, who have their own grievances against Moscow.


A US official said on Friday that Washington had no reason to doubt ISIS's claims of responsibility for the latest attack.


On Friday, following reports of the attack on Crocus City Hall, the US Embassy advised US citizens not to travel to Russia.

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US had warned Russia ISIS was determined to attack

 The United States warned Moscow that ISIS fighters were intent on attacking Russia in the days before attackers stormed Crocus City Hall in...