France details plan to repatriate its citizens who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State, Le Monde reported. The operation is to be international in nature, but not necessarily through the United Nations, and coordinated with the U.S. on logistics as to provide international law guarantees to the jihadists and their family.
U.S.'s Syria ally supplies oil to Assad's brokers. America's military ally in Syria, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supplies oil to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, reports the Wall Street Journal. Oil revenue could be a first indication of the economic viability of northern Syria under SDF control and a good governance test (Shout News analysis).
2020 Democrats align with Trump on Syria and Afghanistan, the New York Times reported, using as evidence Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's vote—along with most of the other 2020 Democratic contenders—not to denounce President Trump's plan to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Yet, Senator Amy Klobuchar, who entered the 2020 presidential race yesterday, voted for the bill.