The article clarifies Russia’s current intervention strategy.
What I found most interesting was the citation attributed to America’s CIA:
According to the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, the extremist group numbers around 30,000 people. The Iraqi authorities say however it has up to 200,000 gunmen. Among members of the group are citizens of 80 countries, including France, Great Britain, Germany, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, US, Canada, Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Islamic State militants reportedly control up to 40% of the Iraq’s territory and about 50% of the Syrian territory.
Without a clear strategy from the US, Russia or other foreign powers, it’s hard to see a solution in both Syria and Iraq?