US Airstrike Kills 11 Civilians in Northern Syria

The Pentagon, as usual, says they cannot confirm or deny the incident, though the US and its coalition partners are the only ones with warplanes active in the area north of Raqqa, strikes which are mostly meant to support the Kurdish YPG in its advance on Raqqa itself. Continue reading

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Syria Safe Zones Hold, Violence Drops Significantly

Russian officials say the specifics of how the safe zones will be enforced are still far from finalized, and that it might well be at least as long as another month before everything is sorted out. In the meantime, the main thing that’s holding it together at all is the idea that it might work, after so many years of war. Continue reading

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US Dismisses International Agreement Banning Aircraft Over Syrian Safe Zones

Russia announced that the safe zones, which went into effect overnight, are now officially closed to all warplanes, and US officials are livid at the idea, insisting they have no intention of respecting that. Continue reading

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US Carrier Parked Off Iran’s Coast Complains Iranian Surveillance A ‘Nuisance’

Officials also hyped the presence of small Iranian naval boats operating off the coast of Iran, claiming them to be “naked aggression.” Continue reading

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