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Jon Stewart pretty convincingly compares the ISIS airstrikes in Syria to the iPhone 6

On Monday night, the U.S. launched airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria for the first time. On Tuesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart was slightly skeptical of the expanded endeavor. He welcomed the involvement of five Arab allies, but questioned how much they contributed. And with correspondent Jessica Williams, he made light of the new (to most of us) al Qaeda offshoot, the Khorasan group, that the U.S. also bombed in Syria. Just say "al Kil Yahal" out loud and you'll get a sense of the joke.

Stewart also poked fun at the French — well, he didn't have to do much, just note that an ISIS spokesman singled out the "spiteful and filthy French" for murder — and John Kerry. But his most trenchant critique was when he called the new attack on Syria the "iPhone 6 of wars":

It's expensive, a little bigger, a little more unwieldy than you thought it was going to be. It's gonna be at least a two-year commitment. It kind of feels like you've just f--king gotten the last one. But, on the bright side, at least it's not the watch.

If you're interested in Stewart's actual thoughts on the new front in the ISIS battle, he serendipitously had retired Gen. Anthony Zinni as his guest on the show. You can watch here. --Peter Weber