The US government is facing an uphill battle to convince its own public of the need for military intervention in Syria.
Pentagon and US allies in Syria claim Russian jets bombed an area occupied by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The Kremlin denied the allegation, saying it had no incentive to bomb the pro-Western alliance.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
US Africa Command says it's assessing reports that 10 civilians were killed in an operation against Islamists in Somalia. American troops supported Somali forces in combat against al Shabab militants.
The US military strike ordered by President Donald Trump against Syria occurred exactly 100 years after the country entered World War I. DW asked two American historians about possible historical analogies.
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