Zev Porat

Monday, January 20, 2014

Warships part of U.S. contingency plan for Sochi Olympics - that's right - WAR SHIPS!

Via kptv.com

(CNN) - Police in Sochi, Russia, have handed out fliers to hotels warning of a woman they believe could be a terrorist and who may currently be in the city, which is set to host the Winter Olympic Games.

One flier asks workers to be on the lookout for Ruzanna Ibragimova, described as the widow of a member of a militant group from the Caucuses.

CNN obtained a copy of the flier from security staff at a hotel in Sochi.

The woman, according to the flier, may be involved in organizing "a terrorist act within the 2014 Olympic region."

Reports about the woman come amid growing concerns over the security situation in Sochi a day after a video threatening the Games surfaced.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed that the Games will be safe, but some U.S. lawmakers have expressed concerns that they won't be.

And on Monday, a U.S. official said the U.S. military will have up to two warships and several transport aircraft on standby under a contingency plan to help evacuate American officials and athletes from the Winter Olympics, if ordered, a U.S. official said.

The State Department would take the lead in organizing and evacuating Americans, if necessary, the official with direct knowledge of the plan told CNN.

Moscow would have to ask for such assistance before the United States would act, the official said.

But planes and ships are clearly there "if something happens like a major terrorist attack and we need to get Americans out," the official said.

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