The Trump administration is intensifying America’s involvement in the ground war in Syria, sending 400 more troops to join the campaign against Islamic State there. The new deployment raises questions about the scope and timeline of the US mission.
Police in Munich have raided the home of a left-wing activist who posted the flag of Kurdish militia YPG to Facebook. The YPG has helped German intelligence and receives arms from the US military in Syria.
An alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces have made significant gains in their offensive to liberate the Syrian city. Human rights groups have warned of the challenges presented by 160,000 civilians still living in Raqqa.
The 'Islamic State' is facing defeat in Mosul and Raqqa. Massive rivalries between groups within the coalition fighting IS are already posing serious threats to any future peace.
An operation to recapture the militant group's stronghold in Syria has left scores of civilians dead. The increase in casualties has prompted an outcry for caution. DW examines the cost of recapturing the city.
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