Federation Council Speaker Yegor Stroyev told reporters today that representatives of the Islamic Movement, based in Pakistan, had given him a letter to be forwarded to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "They ask Vladimir Putin to consider their proposals on how to reduce the tension dealing with Islam. They are tired of war and do not support the Chechen rebels," Stroyev said. According to him the letter is written in Arabic, Oreanda announces. Along with a copy of the Koran, it will be forwarded to the President of Russia during his meeting with the Federation Council speaker today.
Two ballistic missiles attacked the US Navy destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) from the territory of Yemen. The destroyer came to the aid of the hijacked Central Park tanker of Zodiac Maritime