U.S. intelligence suggests Russian plane crash likely caused by bomb planted by ISIS or its affiliate, U.S. official says. Watch CNNgo.
One would think ISIS would have enough sense to know better. The US exercises restraint in dealing with these issues, Russia not so much. If this is true, I seriously doubt Russia will exercise anything near restraint in their battle against them. The US can sit back and let the ISIS eradication happen courtesy of Putin. Or so I’m betting.
Anyone see any need for the US to get involved here?
ISIS is completely loco en la cabeza. They seem to want to provoke the sleeping bears. If Putin wants to flatten ISIS, I say get out of the way. At least Putin doesn’t go around mass-murdering civilians for no good reason.
Russia can only hurt ISIS to the extent that they stay inside Syria to let them…or Iraq accepts them into their territory. Losing Al-Raqqah probably hurts ISIS quite a bit. How motivated ISIS is to stand and fight versus assuming more guerrilla style operations from Iraq makes a difference.
I don’t understand why there has been so much back and forth about this. There were articles the day after it happened saying that ISIS claimed responsibility for the act, yet since then there have been so many about every other possible explanation under the sun.
Cool links thanks. There’s definitely a lot to play out with two potentially supportive major powers. Iran who’s been supportive of the Shiite militias certainly has some influence with them too and likely has some preferences to whisper in ears. The possibility of it being a bomb certainly has mixed up the dynamic already.
I think the underlying dynamics were in place well before that plane came down. The Russian bombings in Syria pre-dates the crash, of course, as does both the Iraqi Shi’ite push for Russian bombing in Iraq and the American attempts to avoid such a thing.
If it is shown that, yes, it was in fact a bomb that took that plane down, Putin may perhaps put on a superficial show of “redoubled efforts” just to look tough and satisfy the Russian public’s desire for revenge, but I don’t really expect him to actually change course in any meaningful way.