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New Year, Old Wars

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Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria

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This short paper by CSIS focusses on the origins, roles and perspectives of the estimated 8,500 fighters that travelled to Iraq and Syria. The paper says, for instance, that "the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and local affiliates and police facilitated the exodus of Dagestani individuals, predominantly from moderate Islamist groups, through the so-called “green corridor.” 

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