Hmmm … Votel, the commanding general of US Central Command went to visit in northern Syria where the GBs are shepherding the SDF/YPG toward Raqqa as best they can. That must be a great deal like herding cats. The Arabs in SDF have every reason to want to take Raqqa away from IS, The Kurds in YPG? Not so much. But … When you have acquired a major sponsor and the Turks are lurking across the border to the north you had better be at least somewhat cooperative. I would expect that Votel's visit was in the nature of a coordination before major effort. I can only hope that his four star presence did not inhibit progress already made. I note that there is to be an increase in US AWACS presence in the area. The AWACS is a flying command post for air operations. Does this indicate an increase in air activity to come?
And now Kerry agrees to targeting of the al-Nusra front and those who are operating with them? Will wonders never cease?
Russia will participate in a sizable way in re-building Syria's energy industry? That doesn't sound like a decision to withdraw support from the Syrian government. pl