An intriguing report from RT that China already has an aircraft carrier in Tartus with a guided missile cruiser, and that more specialist troops are on their way 'to fight ISIS' means that China now has a dog in the fight. ISIS previously youtubed a Chinese hostage, which may have provided the casus belli. The real reason is probably more complex - a show of force to Europe, a testing and training ground for live-fire weaponry against real targets, and an underlining of the forthcoming Russian-Chinese naval exercises in the South China sea that will irritate the US and Japan.
Meanwhile, the US claims to have killed German ISIS Islamist Denis Cuspert (left), ISIS are reported to have executed Omar Bakri's son, and the organisation is now reported to be so short of boys to detonate themselves for Allah that it is pressing Jihadi brides into action as suicide bombers. Jihadi John is already a dead man walking and has been reduced to a quaking wreck by the uncertainty of the time of the death. With the Russians and Chinese hitting them from the north west and the Septics piling in from the south east, ISIS are becoming desperate for more victims. I think therefore we should launch a campaign, based perhaps on Kitchener's recruitment drive, to send as many UK Islamists as possible to Syria / Iraq as new live targets for our Russian and Chinese chums. Would crowd source funding be illegal, d'you suppose?