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TARGET ISIS: Russia’s Parliament gives Putin the power to create a Russian super army to destroy the terror group at home and abroad

VLADIMIR Putin has been granted permission to build a super army to crush Islamic State (ISIS) fanatics at home and abroad.


The National Guard force – which was approved by the Russian parliament today – will be put under the strongman’s personal command.

It will be used for major counter-terrorism operations across the planet and have vast powers, including the authority to shoot into crowds and hold suspects for indefiite interrogation.

Experts say the ruthless force will act as an “extension” of Putin himself.

It will be used to conduct military operations around the world, detaining terror suspects for as long as is necessary to glean intelligence from them before handing them over to the police.

The former KGB leader was today given the green light by Russia’s parliament for the elite unit, which will be headed by his one-time bodyguard Viktor Zolotov.

Russia’s State Duma passed the first reading of the controversial bill with 345 parliamentarians approving the motion and just 14 voting against.

Mr Zolotov will report directly into the Russian president, giving Putin an iron grip over the country’s counter terrorism effort and increasing the chances of a tough crackdown on home-grown jihadi extremists.

Among the new powers being handed to the guard is a licence to shoot into crowds of people during terrorist attacks or


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