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.
Russia's military force in Syria could be significantly reduced before the end of the year. The chief of the Russian military general staff said, however, that some military structures would be retained.
The US-led coalition in Syria tried to "impede" Russian warplanes from bombing "Islamic State" (IS) militia, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It also accused Washington of allowing the jihadists to regroup in Iraq.
US-backed Syrian militias say they have taken full control of Raqqa after four months of fighting. The city had served as the self-styled capital of the "Islamic State" terror group since 2014.
The Syrian army retook the city of Deir el-Zour from the "Islamic State," on a day the militants also lost al-Qaim in Iraq. The twin blow means the jihadis have lost almost all their urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
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