In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, Iraqi army soldiers deploy in front of a court run by ISIS after a military operation to regain control of the town of Sadiyah in Diyala province, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq.

US To Iraq: If Russia Helps You Fight ISIS, We Won’t

The choice given to Abadi in Iraq by Dunford on Tuesday is a clear indication that the U.S. is not willing to compete with Russia for airspace over two neighboring countries deeply intertwined in the same convoluted war.