That's a good PR but even if it was true, wiping out commanders and financial officials deals more blows than picking off replaceable minions.
you are dealing with a group of people that have zero respect for life and many of whom will happily strap a bomb to themselves and walk into the enemy if they think it is going to even slightly benefit their cause. These aren't people you can stop by taking out their leaders, it isn't a traditional army, such attacks on their officials I applaud, but if you think they are little more than an inconvenience then I think they don't understand the type of group ISIS is. The US's tactic of these targetted strikes had been going on for years all the while ISIS made further inroads, it wasn't until the Russians stepped in that the direction of this disaster changed.
For the Record I think Assad is as much to blame as the US for the current situation their and Russia's intentions are mostly selfish, but they are currently the only ones doing what actually needs to be done. What I think will be interesting is what happens after this war. If the US gets its way it will be a disaster, like it or not you actually need someone that is a bit of a pr!#k if you want to keep most of the extremist groups in check in the area, a soft puppet government will see the area erupt into chaos again.
I think you missed the memo where ISIS had to make paycuts and flee from a lot of places in Iraq. US is fighting ISIS in Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
ISIS is not an anarchist group, so your comment about "traditional army" makes zero sense when they have chain of command. US bombing of ISIS in Syria didn't start with Assad's. It started last year, not years.
Syrian people want Assad away from power because he murders them. Russia is there to make sure that murderer stay in power to commit more human rights violation and buy their weapons and other products. A puppet government, like you said but raining chaos on its own people.