Putin and the terrorists

Putin does not make the same meaningless distinctions between Islamic State and the other Islamist groups that the United States insists on.

UK RAF Photo
A Russian SU-27 Flanker.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 10/01/2015 1:40 am EDT
Last Updated: Thursday, 10/01/2015 2:05 pm EDT

It all happened very fast, in the end. On Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin was at the United Nations in New York saying that the United States was making “an enormous mistake” in not backing Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in his war against Islamist rebels, notably including “Islamic State” (or ISIS, as it used to be known).

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