NEWSWATCH: “Muslims in Russia See Putin’s Antiterrorism Efforts at Home as Backfiring. North Caucasus residents say crackdown often leads to new recruits for Islamic State.” – Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal covers concerns that Russian government policies will fuel more terrorist recruits for the so-called Islamic State.

President Vladimir Putin justifies his military action in Syria in part as a way to head off the terrorist threat at home, especially here in the mostly Muslim north Caucasus. But residents say the government’s often heavy-handed measures are instead creating potential recruits for Islamic State. * * * In Russia’s north Caucasus region—the epicenter of separatist and Islamist violence since the fall of the Soviet Union—authorities fear those recruits will eventually return home with combat experience.

Click here for Wall Street Journal – Muslims in Russia See Putin’s Antiterrorism Efforts at Home as Backfiring. North Caucasus residents say crackdown often leads to new recruits for Islamic State.

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