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Russian president Putin says 20 terrorist plots foiled in Russia this year

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during a State Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during a State Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, center, enters a hall to attend a meeting with senior officers of the Defense Ministry and other government agencies in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Putin says intelligence agents have foiled 20 terrorist plots in Russia this year. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, center, enters a hall to attend a meeting with senior officers of the Defense Ministry and other government agencies in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Putin says intelligence agents have foiled 20 terrorist plots in Russia this year. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

President Vladimir Putin says intelligence agents have foiled 20 terrorist plots in Russia this year.

Russia began carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria last month to support government forces there.

Speaking Tuesday at a ceremony at the Kremlin, Putin said the FSB intelligence agency this year had foiled 20 terrorist plots, arrested 560 militants and killed 112 others.

Islamic insurgency has been brewing in Russia's North Caucasus following two wars in Chechnya in the 1990s. In neighboring Dagestan, the insurgents — who want to carve out a state governed by their strict interpretation of Islamic law — clash with law enforcement officers almost daily. Moscow says some of these militants have links to Islamic State.