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RUSSIA PREPARES ASSAULT AGAINST REBELS
Russia is preparing an assault against
rebels surrounding villages near
breakaway Chechnya, authorities said.
It was unclear how or when the attack
would be carried out, though Russian
news reports said it could begin today.
Meanwhile, Boris Yeltsin has ordered
Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin to fly
to the republic of Dagestan, where
gunmen moved in on three villages.
The gunmen were believed to be from the
fundamentalist Wahhabi Islamic movement
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