This is fairly disturbing...
Every time that there's been news that the Russia investigation is getting closer to finding the smoking gun between Trump and Putin, Trump's done something outrageous to distract us all. Firing the attorneys in the Dept of Justice, blaming Obama for wiretapping him, compromising Nunes to derail the House investigation, blaming Susan Rice...pretty much anything.
So, when I read this article, at first I thought, "Nah, that's just conspiracy theory..."
...and then I thought "Hrm...it would go along with Trump's M.O."
Finally, I thought, "Damn. That would help drum up support from 'patriots' in both Russia and the US, and blunt any possible chance of criticism hurting the leaders. Not only that, no Americans or Russians would have to be killed...just Syrians, that Russia and America clearly care nothing about."
I expect there will be no way to ever know if this was a planned collusion to distract everyone from Trump's indiscretions, but it would completely fit his pattern. 78 days in, and innocents are potentially being killed to further his cause and distract from the Russian circus that is the current Administration.
Whether any of this is true or not, my previous post stands, though: Trump and Putin are playing with fire here.