A defence analyst has suggested Russian airstrikes in Syria are not hurting Islamic State but are actually helping the group.
Justin Bronk, speaking to the Express, said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bombing campaign is actually “helping ISIS because they are attacking in very concentrated fashion moderate rebel groups that the US backs.”
It has been claimed that around 5 percent of Russian strikes have hit Islamic State, a claim backed up by analysis of open source intelligence provided by many sources.
This comes as Islamist State militants launched a rare attack inside Kurdish northern Iraq November 3, briefly taking over a local government compound near several producing oil fields.
Kurds previously had largely prevented IS incursions into their autonomous territory.
Security sources said suicide bombers blew themselves up at key checkpoints, clearing the way for three other militants to enter the compound in Dibis, 30 miles south of Irbil.