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US Sentences Russian Taliban Fighter to Life in Prison

A former Russian tank commander turned Taliban militant will spend the rest of his life in prison for a failed attack against U.S. and Afghan forces in 2009. Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin, 55, was sentenced in Washington Thursday to a life term plus 30 years. He was charged with conspiring to shoot down American helicopters and using a weapon of mass destruction. "Few crimes could be more serious than this one,"  U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said Thursday. "In a well-planned,...

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