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Who will liberate Raqqa?

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States says a military operation to isolate the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa needs to get underway within weeks, but Turkey as well as Washington’s Syrian Arab allies oppose any plan to use Kurdish forces to take the city.

Mosul adds to staggering world refugee crisis

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

With the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II and continued brutal conflicts in Syria, Iraq and beyond forcing millions to flee, humanitarians lament a broken system running from crisis to crisis.

US, Europe mull sanctions on Russia over Aleppo

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States and Europe are considering additional economic sanctions on Russia over its role in the Syrian regime's assault on Aleppo.

US gives up on working with Russia on Syria

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States announced Oct. 3 it was suspending bilateral engagement with Russia on Syria, saying there was nothing more to talk about as Russia intensified its air attacks on Aleppo.

US threatens to halt talks with Russia on Syria

Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Washington has threatened to suspend US-Russian engagement on Syria if Moscow does not take immediate steps to halt a Russian-backed Syrian regime assault on rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

US, Russia spar over terms to restore Syria cease-fire

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Diplomats held a contentious meeting in an attempt to agree on bold measures to try to salvage a US-Russia cease-fire deal in Syria after it collapsed, but failed to reach agreement.

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