Baghdad will need money and support from the US and others if it is to defeat jihadism.
Bashar al-Assad's strategy has enabled Islamic State to regain ground.
With Turkey hedging its bets and Jabhat al-Nusra left out, Moscow can plan its next move.
Russia has been dependable, forceful, and ruthless where America has been incoherent.
Kurds, Shia and Sunni forces are fighting together but they may struggle to stay united
America has chosen to placate Turkey rather than back Kurdish anti-Isis forces.
Daesh's strategy is to encourage lone wolf attacks as it loses ground in Iraq and Syria.
A nascent anti-IS resistance that could be key to defeating the self-proclaimed Caliphate.
Putin wants his Ronald Reagan moment but Russia's foray into Syria has no exit strategy