"Step by step we are getting closer to the situation in which — and I'm only speaking about Aleppo here — we will be able to begin battling together so that there is peace on this territory," Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Rossiya 24 television. But he acknowledged Moscow and Washington are still deeply at odds over Syria.
Donald Trump has repeatedly said that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the co-founders of ISIS. He later tweeted he was just being sarcastic. But where did ISIS come from and what role, if any, did the US play in its rise?
What happens when volunteers from 10 nationalities come together and make lunch for 1,500 people? Or when a band that incorporates US country folk music, Turkish, and classical Arabic music, plays to raise funds and awareness for refugees?
Aarhus is Denmark's capital of jihadi activity — a full third of the Danes who have gone to fight in Syria come from the port city. But when the fighters try and return home, they're given counseling, medical care and other assistance — instead of jail time.
Among the many disturbing aspects of the execution of journalist James Foley is the fact that it was part of a deliberate PR campaign. Groups like ISIS rely on hundreds of tech-savvy foreign fighters from the West to disseminate their radical vision — often with success.
How do you let drone pilots dropping bombs by remote control know the consequences of their actions? Some Afghan artists are using a giant photo. And a journalist now claims the US didn't attack Syria's government after evidence of chemical warfare emerged because it may not have been Assad's fault. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
It's essentially an improvised explosive device - an oil barrel filled with explosive material and shrapnel - dropped from the sky. Host Marco Werman speaks with Time's Middle East bureau chief, Aryn Baker from Beirut about so-called barrel bombs and why Syrian forces are dropping them on cities.
Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum realized long ago that his music could be a tool. Now the focus of his lyrics is to remind people that beneath all the political posturing and proxy wars still taking place in Syria, there’s still real human suffering the world has to solve.
President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of ground troops in Syria. Just a few dozen special forces troops will act as advisers to the Syrian opposition. Other troops are heading to Iraq. Meanwhile, 19 nations are meeting in Vienna, Austria, to see if they can come up with a plan for peace in Syria.