ISIS Is on Its Heels, but Fighting to the Death

American officials say the pace of the fight against the Islamic State is not slowing, even as the militants’ territory continues to shrink. Source: World

Russia Reaches Deal for Syria Safe Zones, but Some Rebels Scoff

The top United Nations envoy for Syria said the deal was a “positive step.” But some rebels said it left too many loopholes for the government. Source: World

As Tillerson Begins Russia Talks, Putin Leaves Him Guessing

The secretary of state has met Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov in Moscow, but whether he would see Russia’s president was the subject of diplomatic theater. Source: World

Iran Joins Russia in Denouncing U.S. Strike on Syria, but Stops There

Although on the same side in Syria, Iran is conspicuously not allowing Russia unlimited use of its air bases, part of a legacy of mistrust between the two. Source: World

U.S. Airstrike in Syria Is Said to Kill Dozens of Civilians

Residents of Raqqa and activists said hundreds of displaced Syrians had been sheltering in a school when it was hit. Source: World

For Syrian Refugees, There Is No Going Home

Major powers may settle for President Bashar al-Assad’s rule as peace talks resumed, but families that fled to Lebanon said they had nothing to return to and feared reprisals. Source: World

Syria Bombing Kills 4 Russians

The servicemen, identified by the Defense Ministry as military advisers, were accompanying a Syrian Army convoy near the Tiyas air base to Homs. Source: World

Airstrikes by Russia Buttress Turkey in Battle vs. ISIS

The deepening partnership between Russia and Turkey could marginalize the United States in the struggle to shape Syria’s future. Source: World

Op-Ed Contributor: You Don’t Need a No-Fly Zone to Pressure Russia in Syria

The president shouldn’t leave his successor with no options to move ahead with diplomacy. Here’s how he can put the pressure on now. Source: World