Rus­sia to crush Caliphate

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the rebels fight­ing the regime of Bashar al-As­sad, rather than Is­lamic State.

Rus­sia’s align­ment and ac­tions have so far pre­cluded a joint front with the United States, Bri­tain, France and other Euro­pean coun­tries that are also bomb­ing Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

Un­til this week, co-op­er­a­tion has amounted to no more than co-or­di­nat­ing air-strikes to avoid con­fronta­tions be­tween Rus­sian and Western jets.

The first sign of this hap­pen­ing were the rel­a­tively friendly talks be­tween Pres­i­dent Putin and Western lead­ers — in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron — at the G20 sum­mit in Ankara. Fol­low­ing that meet- ing, Mr Putin in­structed his navy to work with France in the Mediter­ranean against Daesh.

An­other sign of the newly joinedup ap­proach are re­ports of in­tel­li­gence-shar­ing be­tween the UK and Rus­sia over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash of the Rus­sian air­liner in Si­nai nearly three weeks ago, which is now be­ing seen as an­other Daesh op­er­a­tion against an in­ter­na­tional enemy.

As­sad’s fu­ture re­mains a stick­ing point with Rus­sia, but the em­bat­tled Syr­ian pres­i­dent can al­low him­self a de­gree of sat­is­fac­tion this week at the fact that de­spite his forces hav­ing killed 100 times more civil­ians than Daesh, the West is now less in­ter­ested than ever in his re­moval.

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