October 12, 2015

...AND BETTER...:

Syrian Kurds, Arab rebels form alliance against 'IS' (Deutsche-Welle, 10/12/15)

The new force, the Syrian Democratic Forces, formally cements an alliance that has been in place for months as the groups fought the Islamic State in northeast Syria. It includes the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG, its women's fighting force YPJ, alongside Arab rebel groups and tribes and a Syriac militia.



Putin faces blowback from Syria intervention : Signs are growing that Islamic militants may stage attacks inside Russia, U.S. intelligence officials say. (MICHAEL CROWLEY 10/08/15, Politico)

[M]any Russia experts agree with Obama's mid-September assessment that Russia is "threatened in many ways more than we are" by ISIS. "They've got large Muslim populations that historically have caused a lot of problems inside of Russia," Obama added.

Russia's Muslim population is typically estimated at between 12 and 14 percent in a country of nearly 150 million people, and is growing faster than the country's non-Muslim populace.

"That's why everyone is scratching their heads so much. How does he think he's going to handle this?" asks Fiona Hill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of a Putin biography, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.



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