FROM Aron Heller
Russia's Military Quietly Moves into Syria Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says Russian forces are arriving in Syria — apparently to help President Bashar al-Assad reverse recent battlefield losses in a civil war that’s lasted for five years. Aron Heller reports from Jerusalem for the Associated Press .
Israel Calls 16,000 More Reservists as Netanyahu Vows to Go the Long-Haul The UN’s high commissioner for refugees said today that both sides have violated international humanitarian law during the fighting in Gaza. Meanwhile, Israel has called up another 16,000 reservists. Aron Heller is in Jerusalem for the Associated Press.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.