Civilians are asking why coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of the innocent in the process of “liberating” them from Islamic State.
The number killed in the nine-month battle to liberate the Iraqi city from Islamic State marauders has not been acknowledged by the U.S.-led coalition.
Turkey is outraged by a reported deal that would threaten autonomy for Kurds backed by that country.
The extremists were defeated by Muslims: That should be the headline. That is what Americans have trouble getting their heads around.
The U.S. is focusing its energies—and warplanes—in areas of eastern Syria occupied by Islamic State.
Tensions are high after the Air Force shot down a Syrian warplane, leading Russia to announce it may shoot down any U.S. aircraft operating in western Syria.
The effort to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State "has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” the official says.
Stephen Cohen (pictured, left), professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics and contributing editor at The Nation, analyzes the relationship between the U.S. and Russia.