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.
A US-backed Syrian alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias has taken a military airport in northern Syria held by the self-styled 'Islamic State' (IS). The move opens the path for an assault on the IS stronghold of Raqqa.
Fighters with the 'Islamic State' (IS) group have reportedly ordered Raqqa residents to evacuate the city following reports that a Euphrates River dam could collapse. The group alleges that US air strikes had damaged it.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said the Syrian city is surrounded by Kurdish-led forces, awaiting their orders. Raqqa has been under the control of the "Islamic State" armed group since 2014.
The Trump administration's strategy to fight the so-called "Islamic State" does not differ substantially from Obama's plan. That's unlikely to change even as a high-profile summit on the issue unfolds this week.
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