Other than participating in coalition airstrikes, and some SF ops, the US isn’t (really) fighting ISIS, not directly at least.
The bulk of the fighting is being done along ethnic and or religious lines. ISIS is a Suni extremist terrorist organization, the opposition is currently made up of mainly of ethnic Kurds and Iranian backed Shi’ite (or Shia) forces in Syria and Iraq.
The US back some of those forces with weapons, money and sometimes, training.
The Russian government has boots on the ground in Syria, as does Iran and members of the Lebanese Shi’ite extremist organization, Hezbollah.
- Can India easily cut off China's oil supply in times of war?
- Is China's strategy of letting the US Navy do whatever it wants but retaliating against other smaller countries actually a brilliant strategy?
- Quelle est la différence entre le Pakistan et les autres pays?
- What does North Korea have to gain from attacking the USA?
- If a mega tsunami wave occurred and devastated large parts of Europe & America, would Russia & China take advantage of a seriously weakened West?
I’m quite surprised to see Russian boots on the ground. I thought that Putin knew enough to keep him from repeating the mistakes of the past, by which I mean I the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
Getting in the middle of a religious war between Suni Muslims and Shi’ite Muslims is not rational. The US learned that lesson the hard way many times, in Beirut and now again in Afghanistan.
I see a massive US response, a direct one at least, as repeating the mistakes of the past.