While the US is still nominally fighting a war against ISIS, officials seem to have shifted their narrative more or less entirely to opposing the Syrian government since Russia joined the war on their side, and US officials seem a little too happy about ISIS killing a top Iranian general on Friday.
US officials are presenting the death of Gen. Hossein Hamedani as a “psychological blow” to the Syrian government and its supporters, suggesting that it is a major setback in the ongoing war, and a major step toward regime change, a US policy goal.
Russia’s involvement in the war appears to have shifted US priorities greatly on Syria, it seems, and officials seem more interested in seeing Russia fail, even if it means, by extension, increased ISIS power over a country they already control the majority of.
Officials and analysts suggested the general’s death was a step toward regime change, proving the “desperation” of the Syrian government several years into the civil war.
Gen. Hamedani was killed during ISIS’ recent offensives in Aleppo, where he was advising Syrian forces. ISIS has gained territory along the outskirts of Aleppo city itself in recent days, though a Russian airstrike destroyed a major ISIS weapons depot in the province.