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U.S. Downs Syrian Jet, May be Preparing for Long-term Occupation

The U.S. military shot down a Syrian aircraft on Sunday after it allegedly bombed U.S.-backed rebels in the town of Ja’Din, located just south of al-Tabqah in the countryside of Raqqa Province. “At 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules…

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American Foreign Policy is a Trainwreck

Over the last several years, figuring out whose side America is fighting on in Iraq and Syria has not been easy, but in recent weeks that task has become impossible. Instead of hedging bets on a prospective victor in either conflict, the U.S. is apparently content to back all sides. Shipments of American weapons to…

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U.S. Admits Over 100 Civilians Killed in Mosul Strike

The U.S. military investigation of the March 17 coalition air strike on Mosul’s al-Jadidah district, alleged to have killed as many as 278 people, concluded Thursday that just over 100 people were killed in the strike. Until Thursday, the coalition would only confirm that a strike took place on the site in question, but wouldn’t…

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U.S., Saudi Arabia to Negotiate Billions in Arms Deals

Administration officials are attempting to get tens of billions of dollars in arms deals to Saudi Arabia approved ahead of President Trump’s visit to the country later this month, Reuters reports. Saudi Arabia will be the initial stop on Trump’s first official trip overseas as president, where he hopes to also sell his counter-terrorism strategy…

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Amid Taliban Gains, U.S. Prepares to Escalate Afghan War

The White House is expected to receive a series of new options from the Pentagon this week for the ongoing war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history, now in its sixteenth year. The plans vary, but each would deploy between 3,000 and 5,000 additional soldiers to the country, an escalation in line with…

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Talks with Turkey Highlight America’s Two-Faced Foreign Policy

Just two days after announcing it would begin direct arms transfers to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighting in Syria, in talks in London the Trump administration today told Turkish officials it would support them in their fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The move to arm YPG fighters had Ankara apoplectic, as…

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Violence Slows in Syria After De-escalation Plan Takes Effect

Fighting between the Syrian government and rebel militias has slowed down in Syria since the implementation of a ceasefire plan brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey in talks in Kazakhstan last Thursday. Implemented at midnight on Saturday, May 6, the agreement established four ceasefire zones around various rebel-held areas, including in Idlib, Hama, Latakia, and…

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