FBI conducting interviews in U.S. with people from Caucasus
January 20th, 2014
07:08 PM ET

FBI conducting interviews in U.S. with people from Caucasus

From CNN Justice Reporter Evan Perez

U-S law enforcement agents in recent weeks have been conducting interviews with people in the U.S. with ties in the Caucasus region, CNN has learned.

The interviews come amid security concerns and public threats by Islamic militants against the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The region that includes Dagestan and Chechnya has been the scene of unrest and is in southern Russia, hundreds of miles from the venue of the winter games.

A U.S. official says the interviews are informational and does not mean there are any particular threats being investigated.

Law enforcement officials do so-called “knock and talk” visits, to meet people and to see if there are any issues where they should be focusing. FBI agents did similar visits after last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.

The U.S. has a relatively small population from the Caucasus region, with small communities concentrated in areas of New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, among other states.

In the past year, FBI agents also did similar knock-and-talk visits in Syrian and Lebanese communities, amid concerns about the Syrian civil war.

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  1. MM

    Excellent summary by Mark McDonald below.
    What does Islam and Radical Islam have in common?
    1. they share the same mosque.
    2. they share the same Iman.
    3. they share the same Quran.
    4. everything is based on their religious beliefs.
    5. they seek to control.
    6.The people of Islam dont condemn what the people of Radical Islam do or vice versa.
    7. Islam and Radical Islam are racist.
    8. Islam and Radical Islam dislike Jews.
    9. The Iman get richer from both Islam and Radical Islam.
    10. Their mosque are used as sleeping quarters for both Islam and Radical Islam.
    11. They share the same God, Allah.
    12. Islam and Radical Islam commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide.

    January 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Reply
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    January 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • MM

      What a Jihadi loser you are!!

      January 27, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Reply
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  4. Mark McDonald

    What does Islam and Radical Islam have in common?
    1. they share the same mosque.
    2. they share the same Iman.
    3. they share the same Quran.
    4. everything is based on their religious beliefs.
    5. they seek to control.
    6.The people of Islam dont condemn what the people of Radical Islam do or vice versa.
    7. Islam and Radical Islam are racist.
    8. Islam and Radical Islam dislike Jews.
    9. The Iman get richer from both Islam and Radical Islam.
    10. Their mosque are used as sleeping quarters for both Islam and Radical Islam.
    11. They share the same God, Allah.
    12. Islam and Radical Islam commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide.

    January 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Jollygreenjoshy

      What does Christianity and Fundamentalist Protestantism have in common?
      1. they share the same church
      2. they share the same priests.
      3. they share the same Bible.
      4. everything is based on their religious beliefs.
      5. they seek to control.
      6.The people of Christianity dont condemn what the people of Fundamentalist Protestantismdo or vice versa.
      7. Christianity and Fundamentalist Protestantism are racist.
      8. Christianity and Fundamentalist Protestantism dislike Jews (see Hitler).
      9. The priests get richer from both Christianity and Fundamentalist Protestantism.
      10. Their churches are used as sleeping quarters for both Christianity and Fundamentalist Protestantism.
      11. They share the same God.
      12.Christianity and Fundamentalist Protestantism commit 91 percent of killings worldwide (If Christians are the world majority, then it only makes sense).

      January 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  5. ru serious

    ..same people that brought you Bosaton Marathon...animals.

    January 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  6. Yuck

    One word RESPECT

    January 21, 2014 at 11:44 am | Reply
  7. Khtrd Butre

    illegal alians & militants...

    January 21, 2014 at 11:10 am | Reply
  8. Cosmo

    Why let them into the US in the first place?

    January 21, 2014 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • Jed Clampett

      We are a nation of immigrants, Bozmo!

      January 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm | Reply
      • Cosmo

        And I guess we welcome terrorists as immigrants too

        January 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm |

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