Screengrab via Twitter | Afarin Momasta

An unknown number of U.S. special operations forces have surfaced in a Kurdish-controlled city in northern Syria near the Turkish border as the U.S.-led coalition struggles to prevent the war against ISIS from escalating into a full-blown regional conflict, Military Times reports.

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Screenshots via YouTube

A video of a Kurdish YPJ (Women’s Protection Unit) sniper almost getting shot in the face while fighting in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa is going viral and not because it’s like two centimeters away from being featured in Faces of Death Vol. 2, but because of her reaction, which is basically: “Oh, hey, so this funny thing just happened.”

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Photo via U.S. EUCOM

The U.S. European Command has just released a series of photos that captured a recent mid-air tango between a U.S. RC135U surveillance plane and an armed Russian SU-27 Flanker that occurred over the Baltic Sea this week.

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Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Brandon Raile

Syrian militias fighting in support of the Bashar al-Assad regime are reportedly amassing near a small base manned by coalition forces in southeast Syria, raising concerns of a looming confrontation between ground forces technically not at war with each other, according to Military Times.

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Army photo by Sgt. Ben Watson

A group of U.S. troops stationed at a coalition base in southern Syria were instrumental in fending off a vicious assault by ISIS militants on Saturday, April 8, CNN reports.

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Army photo by Pfc. Andrea Hill

If there were lingering questions whether U.S. ground troops would play a frontline role in the assault to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, they can be laid to rest now.

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