Russia declares end to Chechnya ‘operation’

Russia declared an end Thursday to its 10-year anti-terror "operation" in the autonomous republic of Chechnya. The end to the offensive could see the withdrawal of thousands of troops from the Muslim-majority region, where Russia has fought two wars since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The head of the Federal Security Service “canceled the decree declaring a counterterrorist operation in the territory of the republic as of midnight of April 16,” Russia’s anti-terror committee said.