Our invasion of Iraq also created ISIS in Iraq and elsewhere. Prior to the United States invasion of Iraq, neither of our 'enemies' existed in Iraq. Currently, both of these entities are declared our enemies and are occupying territory inside of and outside of Iraq. We are fighting against both of these declared enemies and our war on terror is centered upon these two entities.
We are sacrificing our freedoms at home in the effort to win this war on terrorism. We are twisting the arms of our friends to get them to support our war on terrorism.
The enemy of my enemy...
In each instance these groups are doing an excellent job of fighting our declared enemy. But amid confused foreign policy, the United States is fighting against those who are fighting against the enemy of the United States. In Yemen, we are bombing the Houthis through our proxy Saudi Arabia. In Iraq, we are fighting the Kurds through our proxy Turkey.
To make matters worse, the Kurds in northern Syria are attempting to follow those same democratic principles that we claim to embrace. They are trying to govern by allowing the various constituents to have a share in the decision making process. They have established assemblies for governing. These are forums which includes women, Christians, Yazidis and Muslims. David Graeber, from the Occupy Wall Street movement, calls this a “remarkable democratic experiment.”
Popular assemblies have been created as the ultimate decision-making bodies, councils selected with careful ethnic balance (in each municipality, for instance, the top three officers have to include one Kurd, one Arab and one Assyrian or Armenian Christian, and at least one of the three has to be a woman), there are women’s and youth councils... (source)