The U.S. is not an almighty puppet player

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Key developments
  • The Kurdish YPG took control of most of Hasakah after days of heavy fighting. The negotiated ceasefire forbids pro-regime troops to enter the city. The fighting might lead to the end of the Kurdish-regime non-aggression pact: It was the first time that regime warplanes bombed Kurds.
  • Iran faces internal struggles regarding the Russian advanced bombers that use the Hamedan base to make operations in Syria easier. Foreign military on Iranian ground is a highly sensitive issue.
  • Turkish tanks and special forces crossed the border and moved towards IS-held Jarablus in northern Syria, supporting a coming rebel offensive. Kurdish troops are advancing from the east and south. Could Jarablus be the red line Turkey is willing to defend regarding the Kurdish expansion?

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In Syrian Proxy War, America Can Keep Its Hands Clean or It Can Get Things Done
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