Why Russian Propaganda Links Chechen Militants, IS, And Assad’s Coastal Stronghold

Over the weekend, reports emerged that Russian forces are expanding a military airport in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia.

This comes amid more reports of a Russian military buildup near Latakia.

Two weeks before these reports broke, Life News, a tabloid-style Russian website with links to the security services, carried a story that appears to set the scene for these developments, warning of the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) group in Latakia.