Yesterday’s post noted progress made against IS in Fallujah, and referred to urgent UN appeals for humanitarian assistance to Iraqis. In northern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has made a similar call, requesting international aid for those fleeing the fighting with IS in Manbij.
Syria peace talks always threatened by continuing fighting, but resume with support from Washington and Moscow. Opposition willing to talk to Asad regime but not to Asad himself.
have made great gains in Iraq and Syria, but their future is not assured. Kurds in Syria to announce a federal system.
Along with the loss of Ramadi in Iraq, IS is under pressure in Syria from the mainly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, apparently with both US and Russian air support.
Russian military action on offer, US acting without informing Baghdad. al-Abadi not in control of Shia militias and under pressure from his own party.
Turkey’s new stance offers new possibilities in Syria, but the complications are ever more complicated. NATO meets today at Turkey’s request.