At the time, deflect the West from the battles in
Ukraine, MH17, and such; and the more instability anywhere, the greater Russian
influence and ultimately control. Did anyone bother to wonder why bombing ISIS
in Syria was such a no-no for Russia?
All Putin had to do was send a special set of Russian Chechen mercenaries just as he did in Ukraine and use the same tactics only much harsher for the Muslim world, and hope that the results were the same as Ukraine, conquer lands and the spoils of war.
And if nothing more than it just being a distraction for the West during his Ukrainian takeover, that would have served its purpose. However unlike Ukraine, ISIS was running extremely wild in Iraq, then Syria. Their butchery was horrendous, but I doubt if Putin lost any sleep or concern over the carnage, they're not his enemy.
If I were Putin I certainly would have entertained such a plan... wouldn't you?
How inexplicably coincidental that once the Russian Chechens arrived in ISIS that the tone of the fighting had changed. Or did that coincidence also escape everyone?
Even in Ukraine there was a report of an Ukrainian soldier being hung out, crucifixion style, by the roadside where he died.... Chechens, Russians, whoever is there, the style of warfare is similar... no life is sacred to them.
Look deeper beyond the obvious and I'm sure you might find some of Putin fingerprints.
Remember this is a man whose lies and deceit have branded all of Russia as a nation of liars, and simply not trusted. Putin denies everything, there is no truth in Russia even if proven.
And which world leader is shaping the agenda presently? Putin's only unexpected drawback... the price of oil and sanctions. Otherwise: Mission Accomplished for Putin!
The enigma is there to unravel if you know how deep to search.