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Chechen Rebels Kill 18 Pro-Moscow Forces-Ifax

Chechnya’s elite security force lost 18 fighters in their heaviest engagement with rebels in a year, local officials were quoted as saying Tuesday. Interfax news agency quoted Ramzan Kadyrov, son of Chechnya’s assassinated president and head of the force, as saying the troops died in fighting at Avtury, a village 20 miles southeast of the regionaol capital Grozny. “The battle lasted from 11 p.m. Monday until Tuesday morning,” Kadyrov said. Full Story

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