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U.S. Warns Americans About Sochi Olympic Games

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The Olympic Torch is making its first appearance in Southern Russia. The flame, entering the city of Volgograd, where terrorists struck with twin suicide bombings last month.

In an Internet video an Islamic militant group from Southern Russia claimed responsibility for Volgogard attacks and promised "A present for those attending the Olympic Games."

"You've got Sochi very near the part of Russia, where extremists have spent a lot of time," explains Michael Morell, CBS News Senior Security Analyst.
The U.S. State Department has already issued a warning to Americans planning to attend the Winter Games, saying they should stay vigilant and exercise good judgment using public transportation.

Lawmakers have serious concerns about Americans' safety at the Games and want to see more security cooperation from Moscow.

Here is what Michigan Representative Mike Rogers said on "Face the Nation" Sunday night:
"I think they think this is a politically embarrassing situation for them, and they are not going to share. That's really the wrong attitude, when we are talking about an interventional event.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will do what ever it takes to keep the Games safe. Russia has reportedly spent around $50 billion dollars on security, including an operation called the "ring of steel."

Some 40-thousand police and military personnel will patrol the fortified area around the Olympic site.  U.S. officials say if there is a terror attack, it will be difficult to evacuate Americans from Russia.
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