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Russia announced the move, as the U.S. has been sidelined in recent negotiations.
The U.S. intervention in the Syrian Civil War was prompted by the battlefield successes of the Islamic State (IS) and the
On July 2, 2016 al-Qaeda-aligned al-Nusra Front fighters invaded the headquarters of Jaish al-Tahrir, a US-backed opposition
On May 7, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, released an audio recording in which he announced that he had given his permission for the al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian jihadist group, al-Nusra Front, to create "a new emirate" in Syria.
The ceasefire had specifically excluded ongoing military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants and the al-Qaeda
Simply put, terrorism is an ideology and a tactic. Declaring War on Terrorism is as silly as proclaiming war on kamikazes during World War II.
Friday's agreement did nothing to halt Russian bombing for at least another week, allowing government forces to press on with their offensive.
But no evidence has been uncovered yet suggesting the killers were "part of an organized larger group, or form part of a
Not long after, when America entered the war, we were formally collaborating with Josef Stalin -- a man who had slaughtered one million of his own countrymen during the Great Purge of 1937-38. The lesson is that, when faced with an existential threat, you bring all parties to the table. Even bad people if you have to. Not just to coordinate the fight, but to coordinate post-war planning with all the players.
The United States now finds itself in a difficult position in Syria. American supported rebels are coming under direct attack by Russian military forces. If the U.S. challenges Russian planes it risks a potential escalation and a military incident between American and Russian forces.