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US military has escape plan for athletes at 2014 Sochi Olympics

The U.S. military will have warships and transport aircraft at the ready in case American athletes and officials need to make an emergency escape from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

A contingency plan has been established in case "something happens like a major terrorist attack and we need to get Americans out," an unnamed U.S. official told CNN.

Concerns about violence at the Games have run high since recent suicide bombings in nearby Volgograd killed 34 people. Sochi is located relatively near the North Caucasus region, where Islamist militants have waged a long, bloody insurgency.

Russian officials have insisted they can hold a safe Olympic Games, flooding Sochi with thousands upon thousands of police, troops and security personnel.

At the same time, CNN reported that authorities have handed out fliers in the Black Sea resort, warning hotels to keep an eye out for a potential female terrorist who may be in the area.

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