Atlantic Council

Distract. Deceive. Destroy. Putin at War in Syria.

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April 6, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin has jumped from one foreign policy adventure to the next. In 2014, he ordered the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. Throughout that year,and on into 2015,he over saw a clandestine war in eastern Ukraine, backing Russian proxies there with weapons, fighters, and entire army units. As that war ground down into stalemate,Putin

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Reuters

Exclusive – Assad allies, including Iranians, prepare ground attack in Syria: sources

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October 1, 2015

Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told Reuters.

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The Washington Post

The flow of jihadists into Syria dries up as Turkey cracks down on the border

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August 3, 2015

KARKAMIS, Turkey — For years, Turkey’s porous border with Syria provided a lifeline for the Islamic State, allowing the group to ferry weapons and fighters to a war zone where it was building its brutal “caliphate.” But that is now changing.

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Reuters

Syria, Iraq a ‘finishing school’ for foreign fighters: U.N. report

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April 7, 2015

More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a “veritable international finishing school for extremists,” United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council. The experts, who monitor al Qaeda sanctions violations, said in a report seen by Reuters that along

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