The alliance with Iran reminds me of pact Molotov-Ribbentrop, which started the WWII. As it is well know, USSR bore the bulk of burden in that war, it lost 20 mln. of its citizens, it suffered terrible horrors. Now, Russia makes alliance with the forces, which will eventually turn their weapons against Russia. It seems like Putin thinks "Apres nous le deluge".
At least 13 killed in bomb explosion suburb of Baghdad (Reuters)
from the article: Moscow's Mideast myopia