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  1. isis
    U.S.-Backed Forces Retake Raqqa From ISISThe Syrian city the terror group considered the capital of their so-called caliphate has been liberated.
  2. Russia Vows to Target U.S.-Backed Aircraft in Western SyriaTime to scratch “at least he won’t start a war with Russia” from your list of upsides to the Trump presidency.
  3. The Pentagon Is ‘Likely’ to Send 1,000 Ground Troops to Syria, Report SaysThat would effectively double the number of U.S. troops in the country.
  4. Marines Set Up Outside Raqqa, Escalating U.S. Involvement in SyriaNewly arrived Marines will assist the hundreds of special-ops forces already in Syria.
  5. international affairs
    U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Launching Offensive to Capture ISIS Capital RaqqaSupported by U.S. warplanes, as many as 40,000 forces will advance on and isolate the key ISIS stronghold.