Everyone is ‘fighting Islamic State’ – and they’re all lying

“The only way to fight international terrorism…is to act preventively, to fight and destroy militants and terrorists on the territories that they already occupied, not wait for them to come to our house,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting in Moscow last Wednesday. The same day Russia’s air force in Syria carried out its first air strikes.

Putin’s talking points could have been a speech by George W. Bush. But unlike Bush, Putin has garnered support from many on the Left and Right in the West.