Syria: alongside the Russians towards the last jihadist stronghold

Khan Shaikoun – Igor grabs a balaclava, puts it on his head and goes down to the ruins. He was born in Siberia 34 years ago. For at least eight years, he served as a paratrooper. He is now a faceless Russian among the rubble of Khan Shaikoun, the citadel south of Idlib, that the Syrian army won back thanks to key support from Moscow. The Americans would call him “contractor.”