Russia: 10 ISIS-linked Militants Killed in Raid Near Georgian Border

Russian special forces target 'armed groups that swore allegiance to ISIL,' as prime minister says countries 'with large populations of Muslims' should unite against Islamic State.

FILE PHOTO: Russian special force soldiers wear masks during an anti-terrorist operation in Makhachkala, regional capital of Dagestan, Russia.
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REUTERS - Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee said on Sunday that 10 militants who had sworn allegiance to Islamic State had been killed in a special operation in a southern Russian republic, Russian news agencies reported.

"During the active phase of a special operation near Nalchik, according to preliminary information, 10 militants were neutralized," the committee said, Interfax reported.

"They were all members of armed groups that had sworn allegiance to the international terrorist organization ISIL." 

Earlier Sunday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said countries with large populations of Muslims, including Russia, should unite to fight against Islamic State.

President Barack Obama, sitting next to Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, attends the East Asia Summit meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
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"We need a consolidated anti-terrorist position of those countries that have a large Islamic community, and incidentally Russia is one of these countries," Medvedev said at the annual East Asia Summit hosted this year by Malaysia.

Medvedev said "it is now clear we can only fight this threat by bringing our forces together and by working through such international institutions as the United Nations".

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Russia and the United States on Sunday to cooperate in rooting out terrorism and said he would unveil a comprehensive plan to fight extremism and violence early next year.

"All these terrorists and ideology extremists should be defeated in the name of humanity," he said at the annual East Asia Summit, this year hosted by Malaysia.

"In that regard, we need to unite. We need to show global solidarity to address ... the common enemy of ISIL, Daesh, some other extremists and terrorist groups," he said, referring to Islamic State.

Ban said he "highly commended the leadership of the Russian Federation together with the United States to address some of the roots causes of terrorism".

U.S. President Barack Obama said at the same summit the United States and its allies would not relent in the fight to combat Islamic State extremists and would hunt down their leaders and cut off the group's financing.

"Destroying (Islamic State) is not only a realistic goal, we're going to get it done," he told a news conference after the summit. Obama also said it "would be helpful" if Russia directed its focus on tackling Islamic State, expressing hope that Moscow would agree to a leadership transition in Syria involving its president stepping down.