Russia Surprises U.S. With Accord on Battling ISIS

by MICHAEL R. GORDON | The New York Times  |  published on September 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — For the second time this month, Russia moved to expand its political and military influence in the Syria conflict and left the United States scrambling, this time by reaching an understanding, announced on Sunday, with Iraq, Syria and Iran to share intelligence about the Islamic State.

Like Russia’s earlier move to bolster the government of President Bashar al-Assad by deploying warplanes and tanks to a base near Latakia, Syria, the intelligence-sharing arrangement was sealed without notice to the United States. American officials knew that a group of Russian military officers were in Baghdad, but they were clearly surprised when the Iraqi military’s Joint Operations Command announced the intelligence sharing accord on Sunday.

It was another sign that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was moving ahead with a sharply different tack from that of the Obama administration in battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, by assembling a rival coalition that includes Iran and the Syrian government.

  • Joe

    Good thing Putins around to check obama and his whole illegal administration

  • Bob in Florida

    Putin makes Obama look like a street punk every time they ‘cross swords’! Makes one even more ashamed of our so-called president.

    • john

      You sir told the truth there…

  • Russia has a REAL Leader of Men, not a pansy gay wimp like we have in Hussein. Assad, Mubarak, and Gadhafi were all tyrants, but they kept their people in line and respected Israel. Obama already removed two, even backing the hated Muslim Brotherhood of Terrorists in Egypt and turned those nations into chaos. Luckily, in Egypt, the military removed the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama’s BFF’s. Then he wanted to remove Assad, in his Arab Spring idiocy, but failed. Instead, he and Hillary Armed and Funded, illegally, from Bengazi, the Syrian Rebels who just happened to be the ISIS! 400 Surface to Air Missiles and $6 Billion missing from Hillary’s State Department. Steven’s had to die because he was about to blow their illegal doings, the other three Americans were just collateral damage for being Brave Decent Americans. Both Obama and Hillary should be in Gitmo, being Water Boarded! That is why they want Bengazi swept under the rug! Traitors are what they are! TRUMP 2016!

    • john

      Couldn’t you just imagine what the u.s could really be with a true leader like putin..we would be unstoppable and be the most respected and feared country on the planet..Since that illegal took office our country turn to pure crap and weak…Just like the illegal limp wristed pansy running our great country…

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