Are they Putin American foreign policy at risk? U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to clarify why Moscow is boosting its military presence in Syria. The Kremlin says it’s helping President Assad fight ISIS, but Kerry warns that aiding his regime could risk our “shared goal” of fighting terror. He emphasized that the U.S. would happily welcome Russian support for its anti-ISIS push but that Assad could not take part. Obama, meanwhile, is mulling whether to meet with Vladimir Putin in New York City this month to discuss the crisis.