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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

FSB Says CIA Holding Back in War on Terror

FSB deputy director Viktor Komogorov said Tuesday that Moscow was being short-changed by Washington in the sharing of intelligence against terrorism.

Komogorov said the Federal Security Service was disappointed by the quality and quantity of information it had received from the CIA, Interfax reported.

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian intelligence to cooperate with the United States as Washington hunted terrorists thought to be behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

Komogorov said Russia had provided useful material during U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, where Soviet troops had 10 years of battlefield experience, but had yet to receive information of a similar quality.

"For example, in February we gave the CIA some 100 pieces of information -- they gave us 50," Komogorov told Interfax.

The FSB has provided the CIA with detailed analysis of terrorist plans and aims but received in return only lists of undigested facts, he said. Requests for more information were ignored, he said.

"This is not the sort of cooperation in the fight against terrorism that we were counting on," Komogorov said.

The U.S. Embassy was not immediately available for comment.

Komogorov also said the Commonwealth of Independent States should take a more active role in fighting terrorism. He said a series of CIS-organized military exercises in some Central Asian nations last week could be the start of deeper regional cooperation.

(Reuters, AP)