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War Powers

War Powers and the Su-22 Episode: Third-Party Defense of Coalition Partners

Early Sunday evening, a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 that had just completed a bombing run targeting US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Raqqa region.  The episode raises important questions under the U.N. Charter (see Adil Ahmad Haque’s analysis here).  But what about U.S. domestic law?  

Middle East Ticker

U.S. Sinks Deeper into Syrian Civil War, Gulf Feud Starting to Shift Qatari Policy, U.S. Resumes Weapons Deliveries to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. military shot down a Syrian bomber on Sunday, Qatar is reconsidering its support for Hamas while continuing to fight it out in the editorial pages, and the United States is supplying the Saudi air campaign in Yemen again.

Middle East Ticker

Qatar Cut Off by Diplomatic Rift, Syrian Forces Begin Attack on Raqqa, Germany Withdraws Troops from Turkish Airbase

Saudi Arabia escalates its renewed spat with Qatar, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces coalition is pushing into the Islamic State’s de facto capital, and Germany and Turkey can’t resolve their diplomatic feud.

Middle East Ticker

U.S. and Iran Compete in Eastern Syria, Qatar and Saudi Arabia Renew Old Feud, and More Fighting in Libya after Attacks in Manchester and Minya

The U.S. endgame in eastern Syria looks difficult to defend, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are fighting again after a two-year detente, and Egypt and Britain are watching Libya warily.

Syria

We are Rushing Raqqa

At an April 27 hearing at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on policy options in Syria titled “After the Missile Strikes,” Charles Lister, a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute, cautioned the dais on the need to “not rush Raqqa.” On May 9, the Pentagon announced that indeed U.S. President Donald Trump intends to do just that.

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