The Syrian conflict was widely covered in the foreign media last week. Journalists warned about a possible clash between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government’s forces, backed by Russia and Iran, as both parties have been simultaneously conducting offensives against ISIS in Raqqa. Voices skeptical of NATO’s current policy are becoming louder, amid the massive military exercises troops from over 20 countries participating. Debates over sanctions against Russia continue to take place in the West. On Wednesday, the French Senate overwhelmingly supported the resolution calling on the government to lift sanctions against Russia ahead of the EU summit.