A leader of a Russian branch of the Islamic State was killed today in a raid by Russia's Federal Security Bureau service. According to a report by the AFP news service, Rustam Aselderov was killed in a raid by security forces. The FSB announced that "among the neutralized bandits was the head of the Caucasus region's branch of the Islamic State, Rustam Aselderov, and four of his close associates." 
 
Aselderov (35) a.k.a. Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Qadari was alleged to have been involved in the deadly Volgograd train station bombing of 2013, in which 34 were killed. He is also believed to have been involved in a car bombing that killed 14 and injured 120 in 2012. The terrorist group also took responsibility for a number of attacks on police throughout the region. 
 
Aselderov reportedly pledged his fealty to the Islamic State in 2014. In addition, the State Department identified him as a "foreign terrorist fighter" in 2015, when he took over the reins of the Islamic State' branch in the North Caucus branch. 
 
The principal duties of the FSB is domestic security, including counter-intelligence, border security, counter-terrorism, surveillance and investigation of serious crimes. It is headquartered in Lubyanka Square in Moscow, where the Soviet Union's spy service, the KGB, was located.  The Director of the FSB is Gen. Aleksandr Bortnikov. The FSB is the successor of the Soviet Union's infamous counterintelligence service, FSK.

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