According to a Turkish government-linked daily newspaper Yeni Şafak, the U.S. plan of action in Idlib province failed after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) leader Hashem al-Shaikh declared that the group is ready to dissolve itself.
A military alliance fighting in support of Syrian government said on Wednesday it could hit U.S. positions in Syria, warning that its “self-restraint” over U.S. air strikes on government forces would end if Washington crossed “red lines”.
U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, Brett McGurk, tweeted on Wednesday (May 24) saying that SDF fighters were now just three kilometers outside of the city of Raqqa.
The Air Force has expanded an air base in northern Syria to assist in the fight to retake the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State.
A 25-year-old staff Sgt. Austin Bieren’s death was not combat-related, the Department of Defense said in a statement.