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Dear Readers,

To bolster coverage in the aftermath of Russian air strikes in Syria and the attacks in Paris, Under The Black Flag is switching to a Live Blog format.

Please feel free to bookmark the new page.

Best Wishes,

RFE/RL Editors

About This Blog

"Under The Black Flag" provides news, opinion, and analysis about the impact of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria, Iraq, and beyond. It focuses not only on the fight against terrorist groups in the Middle East, but also on the implications for the region and the world. The blog's primary author, James Miller, closely covered the first three years of the Arab Spring, with a focus on Syria, and is now the managing editor of The Interpreter, where he covers Russia's foreign and domestic policy and the Kremlin's wars in Syria and Ukraine. Follow him on Twitter: @Millermena