The Syrian war has brought in foreign nations from around the world into one of world's worst quagmires. There are nearly a dozen countries conducting military operations within Syrian borders and they are starting to draw battle lines for the next conflict in the region.

The original intent of the foreign assistance was to destroy the terrorist group ISIS. The Islamic State, or Daesh as they are called in Arabic, quickly took over a vast amount of territory between Iraq and Syria. Their brutal regime could not be tolerated and became a unifying enemy to be destroyed.

Now that ISIS has been all but defeated, those same foreign armies should be packing up and going home. Of course, that is not happening as multiple nations strive to carve their own spheres of influence in the region. The recent attack on the Conoco oil field in Syria shows that there are already new targets on the battlefield.

Did Russia attack the United States?

On the surface, the 200 or so strong force that attacked the Syria Democratic Forces and their U.S. allies appear to be Russian soldiers. The reality is that while they are from Russia, their motives were as mercenaries. The Wagner Group is known to supply Russia with contract fighters throughout the globe. This type of paid mercenary allows Russia to act with a degree of ignorance as their mercenaries can be disavowed whenever convenient to the Kremlin.

The goal of the attack was simple, taking over the Conoco oil field. The sudden attack caught the Syrian and American forces off guard. However, coordinated airstrikes decimated the attacking forces and there were reportedly no casualties on the defending side.

What was the end goal?

For Russia to outright attack the U.S. all in an attempt to take over one oil field seems foolish.

Risking the start of a potential nuclear war for such a small prize does not really benefit anyone.

It was refreshing to hear that when the Russians gave their usual "see no evil, hear no evil" explanation for the attack, the United States quickly agreed. Seeing that it was important to correct the truth that the two world powers are not directly fighting is noteworthy.

Had there been any indication that the Kremlin was behind the attack, the United States would have pushed back much harder for answers.

The sloppy execution of the bungled plan paints another harrowing picture, though. Rumors are swirling that the mercenaries were actually paid by Syrian businessmen looking to take over the oil field for profit. There is reportedly a signed contract that would grant their employer, presumably Wagner, a 10% cut of the profit for securing the oil field.

This makes more sense as to why the mercenaries were effectively sent on a death mission. The real worry now is how many more businessmen are paying for contract killers in the region. The potential for disaster is ripe as one could potentially pay to have a false flag operation performed that could pull these nations into another world war.