Russian defense minister: ISIS influence rising in Syria

MOSCOW - The influence of Islamic State is increasing in Syria, where militants control around 70 percent of the country, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.
The number of IS fighters in Iraq and Syria numbers around 60,000, and there is a threat of violence spilling over into post-Soviet Central Asia, said Shoigu, speaking at the ministry's annual collegium event.
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