Because it seems a stretch to think that a group of aggro dudes managed to knock the shit out of the entire Iraq military in such short order. Not that the Iraq military is much to speak of after the US dismantling them and ensuing shitfests afterwards but still. I'm adding a cheatsheet below just so I can keep track of all the players ================================= ISIS/ISIL - I'm sure these need no introduction SAA - official Syran Army of Assad (no that's not what it actually stands for, fuck off) SDF - Syrian Democratic Forces, the rebel alliance (not not rly). Bunch of Kurds/Arabs/Misc who generally oppose Assad and ISIS and are backed by US. Also known as QSD because reasons. YPG - Peoples Protection Units, strongest part of SDF composed mainly of Kurds and one of the only US-backed groups that doesn't turn around and flee at the first sign of trouble PKK - Kurdistan Workers Party, Kurdish comrades who rly don't like Erdogan and occasionally blow shit up in Turkey. Want independence and are pretty pissed lately since cease-fire fell apart. Erdogan rly doesn't like these dudes, and also considers YPG and PKK to be joined at the hip (unsure if true). FSA - Free Syrian Army, pretty sure this was a pipe dream "moderate" group and doesn't rly exist anymore and has been succeeded by the SDF (the only bits which managed to stay together) Al Nusra Front - I think of them as the AlQaeda players in the region, who obviously hate the western powers but I think don't always get along with ISIS (there was a merger at one point but key terrorist stockholders blocked it) HTS - Tahir al-Sham, basically AlQaeda in Syra (oh wait but I thought that was Al Nusra!). Yeah it was but these stupid fuckers all need their own little group and keep merging and spinning off like they are corporations and like to rename their shit just to make sure it is really confusing. Hezbolla - Very seasoned Lebanese fighting group, great chums with Israel (lol no). Iran likes them and supports them (per Czer, Iran actually started this shit from the beginning) Other Shia Militias - Random group of hairy killers backed by Iran. I kindof think of them as Iran's Zerg forces. Turkish Militia group - there may be some acronym(s) for this shit, but I'm not sure what they are. I keep hearing about them and always imagine a bunch of Erdogan funded thugs doing whatever they can to kill Kurds wherever possible because why not. (Czer reports these groups are referred to as Euphrates Shield, as in Shield that Kills Kurds lol) Israel - don't fuck with the Protoss Russia - Putin has Assad's back. And Iran's. And anyone else who can make the US look bad. Well except Isis/AlQaeda/Chechens and other crazies who hate them just as much as they hate the western powers. Saudi Arabia - I'm too tired to go into this. Fuck SA. Qatar - We got gas! (lol pwned) Yemen - Houthis vs govt. A mess. Wants to make sure Syria isn't the only place where thousands of ppl are dying in conflict.