While both the US-led coalition and Syrian Government have declared their intentions to defeat ISIS, the two parties are currently not working together as to have events unfold as such, despite their common enemy.
Nevertheless, Damascus declared today it is “willing to take part in an international coalition against terrorism”, but “only if the United States will work with Damascus in a way it has not done so far”, according to Bashar Jaafari, Syrian envoy to the Geneva peace talks.
Unknown to many, the ISIS caliphate actually expanded rapidly in 2014 and 2015 during the US air campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group; mostly caused by a lack of coordination with the Syrian Army.
Also, as American jets threw bombs on highly populated ISIS-held areas in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State suddenly witness huge recruitment rates, possibly due to Arabs somewhat disliking the United States and its foreign policy in general.
“Russia was successful because it coordinated with us,” Bashar Jaafari said in an interview with the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV.
Since September of 2015, the Russian Air Force has embarked on a nation-wide air campaign as to defeat not only the Islamic State, but also Islamist militants from Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam across Syria.
“We are for the creation of an international coalition against terrorism, but in coordination with the Syrian government. We have no objection to working with America as long as it is done in coordination with Syria,” Jaafari said in a statement earlier today.