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.
More than a dozen Kurdish fighters have died in Turkish air raids in Syria and Iraq. The US State Department has said the bombings were not authorized by the international coalition led by Washington.
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.
An alliance of Syrian militias, including the Kurdish-led YPG, have begun the third phase to liberate Raqqa from the "Islamic State." The militants have attempted to secure gains in Syria as it loses territory in Iraq.
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