Month: March 2018

Russia v. Russia: The Ex-Soviet Fighters in Iraq and Syria

by JOSH ZAKHAROV Last September, Russia claimed to have killed the Islamic State’s Minister of War with a bunker-buster airstrike in Deir ez-Zor, Syria. This kind of leadership decapitation is a common strategy in counterinsurgency – the logic that targeting leaders can disorganize and weaken insurgent groups is sound on face, and is in no ...