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  • "The threats as I see them are definitely from the Chechen rebels and like-minded jihadis that have joined them, including those that will claim allegiance to al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood," said former CIA officer Bart Bechtel. "I am of the mind that if there are any terrorist attacks during the games, they will occur in locations that are not as well protected. Because there, terrorists will want broad media coverage to distract and detract from the games, larger cities would be my guess. Airports and train stations, subways and major hotels are all potential targets."

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  • "I'd only be in favor of these strikes if they simultaneously strike at the al-Nusra Front rebels," Bart Bechtel, a former CIA officer in the region, told The Washington Times. "Those are the hard-line Islamists who are killing Christians. Any damage to the Assad regime is gong to benefit any opposition."

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