Will Daesh attack Russia?

Published August 2nd, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Moscow has not suffered from Daesh attacks like other European cities (AFP/Alexander Nnemetov)
Moscow has not suffered from Daesh attacks like other European cities (AFP/Alexander Nnemetov)

‘Blowback.’ It’s a term that has lost its steam, but remains relevant nonetheless. Critics of US foreign policy-including from within the Russian government-contend that terrorism the Middle East is often the result of interventionist policies, most notably by the US. The term originated in the CIA to refer to unintended consequences of their operations.

Russia under president Vladimir Putin has long been a critic of US interventions in the Middle East, blaming the US for the rise of ISIS and other issues. But with Russia now intervening militarily in Syria, will they suffer from blowback of their own? Daesh (ISIS) says yes.

In a new YouTube video, Daesh threatens Russia and Putin, and calls on its members to carry out attacks in the country, The Daily Mail reports. “Listen, Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes,” says a masked member of the militant group to the camera. The Daily Mail has not yet 100% confirmed if Daesh released the video.

Russia first began military operations in Syria in November 2015 to support the regime of president Bashar al-Assad and defeat rebel and extremist groups, including Daesh. Russia and the US have been in discussions over coordinating to fight Daesh and other groups in the country recently. Whether Russian civilians will end up experiencing the fate of Americans and Europeans who have died in Daesh attacks on their own soil remains to be seen.

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