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CENTCOM Head Visits Syrian Rebel Allies, Concerning Turkey

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel made an unannounced visit to Syria last week to meet with the heads of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militia fighting the Islamic State largely composed of Kurdish fighters.

Army General Joseph Votel (R), commander of the US Special Operations Command, waits for a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Senate Armed Services Committee hears testimony from the head of the US military effort against the Islamic State group in …

Turkey Airstrikes Pound Kurds Allied to U.S.-Backed Militia in Syria

America’s NATO ally Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish fighters allied with a U.S.-backed militia in Syria, a testament to the growing rift between Ankara and Washington over the war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in the Middle East.

Smoke rises from airstrikes on Guzhe village, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Iran-Backed Iraqi Troops Begin Invasion of Islamic State-Held Fallujah

Kurdish and Arab forces – including U.S.-backed Iraqi troops, Shiite militias linked to Iran, Peshmerga troops, and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – have launched offensives targeting three major Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Reuters/A Al-Marjani