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