Putin Roars at the U.S.

He issued back-channel threats that U.S. jets shouldn't end up in the war zone.

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If anyone doubted that Vladimir Putin is really in charge of Russia, here's more evidence that the prime minister remains the boss. U.S. officials reveal to Whispers that he issued back-channel threats that the 2,000 Georgian troops U.S. jets delivered home from Iraq after Moscow's invasion of South Ossetia had better not end up in the war zone. It came after he hit the United States for "aiding the enemy" with the troop lift. Mocked a defense official of the latest threat, "Or else what?"