US President Barack Obama has been meeting with leading lawmakers to push for Congressional support of military action against Syria. Top Republicans have given their backing, but many of Obama's own Democrats have yet to signal they would vote yes.
Al-Qaida's leader has urged sympathizers to wage war against the US for opening an embassy in Jerusalem. Experts say the move is an attempt to capitalize on the demise of its main competitor, the "Islamic State."
Tensions between archenemies Iran and Israel are soaring in Syria, complicating an already complex civil war and threatening a regional conflagration. Russia may be the only power in a position to contain it.
The story of Western intervention in the seven-year Syrian civil war is one of missed opportunities. In responding to such conflicts, the West must learn from its past mistakes, says DW's Kersten Knipp.
The Trump administration wants US troops to stay in Syria for the foreseeable future to ensure the "Islamic State" doesn't regroup. But parallel goals raise legal questions about the US military presence in Syria.
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