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Russia’s Convenient Enemy: Daesh and the Caucasus

The threat posed by Daesh in the Caucasus could allow Russia to justify its pervasive security apparatus and to bolster its international reputation by taking a lead on efforts to defeat the group

Russia’s preoccupation with transnational Islamist terrorism has become increasingly evident in recent months. This past summer, the threat from Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has been a top priority in Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s discussions with his US and Arab counterparts. Russian diplomacy is set to intensify as President Vladimir Putin addresses the UN General Assembly for the first time since 2005. Counter-terrorism and the Syrian

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