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February 5th, 2014
09:56 PM ET

U.S. warns airlines of explosives in toothpaste tubes ahead of Olympics

Washington (CNN) - The United States is advising airlines with direct flights serving Russia to be aware of the possibility that explosive materials could be concealed in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday night.

Rep. Michael McCaul said the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to airlines flying into Russia warning of the potential threat.

The bulletin, the Texas Republican said, indicated that officials believed the explosives might be used during flights or smuggled into the city of Sochi, where competition at the Winter Olympics begins Thursday. The opening ceremony is Friday.

A U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that the cause for the Homeland Security alert was specific to the imminent start of the Games.

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Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • News • Sochi 2014 • Sochi Winter Olympics • Terrorism
February 4th, 2014
09:45 PM ET

U.S. Official: "Specific threats" targeting Sochi Olympics

A top U.S. counterterrorism official says there are "specific threats" aimed at the Olympics with just three days away.

The United States is currently tracking the threats and racing against time to stop any terrorist attacks.

U.S. warships and aircraft are moving into final position, ready to respond if needed.

President Obama was briefed on security and assured by his team that they are "taking all appropriate steps regarding the safety of Americans," the White House said.

During a high-level briefing in the Situation Room, Obama directed his team to continue to work closely with the Russian government and "to review carefully and act on any new information that might affect the security of the Games."

OutFront: Congressman Mike Rogers, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.


Filed under: International • News • Sochi 2014 • Sochi Winter Olympics
February 3rd, 2014
07:00 PM ET

Rep. Michael McCaul: Concerned about Sochi Security

Russia is tightening its "ring of steel" around Sochi with just four days until the start of the Winter Olympics.

Another Russian warship is now on its way to Sochi. It will join an estimated 37,000 troops that already on the ground greeting scores of athletes, journalists and visitors.

Sochi 2014: Winter Olympic venues

But that manpower is doing little to ease concerns of a terrorist attack.

Welcome to Sochi, the security Games

The President of the International Olympic Committee was asked Monday about security and again stressed that he is confident the games will be safe.

"The Olympic stage is ready for the best winter athletes of the world," Thomas Bach said.

Congressman Michael McCaul, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee tells CNN's Erin Burnett that he's still concerned about security in Sochi.


Filed under: News • Sochi Winter Olympics
January 20th, 2014
09:50 PM ET

FBI interviewing people in U.S. with Russian ties ahead of Sochi Winter Olympics

Terror threats against the Winter Olympic Games have the U.S. military on high alert.

CNN's Evan Perez has just learned that U.S. law enforcements agents have been interviewing people in the U.S. with ties to the Caucusus region in Russia – a hotbed for terror.

The Defense Department has also put in place a contingency plan in case of an attack in Sochi once the games begin less than three weeks from now.

Police warn Sochi hotels of terror suspect as Olympics near

The plan includes up to two warships and several transport aircraft on standby to help evacuate American officials and athletes, if needed.

Russian officials are now handing out flyers in their hunt for at least one woman, a so-called black widow, who may be planning an attack.

On Sunday, an online video surfaced on a Jihadi forum threatening the Games.

Multiple deadly bombings in the region recently have also heightened concern.

OutFront: Former CIA Counter-Terrorism Officer Jeff Beatty.


Filed under: News • Olympics • Sochi Winter Olympics
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