The battle for Syria
Inside a secret civil war, Channel 4 News witnesses Syria's bloody fight for freedom.
With Iraq riven by sectarianism and corruption, don't expect any public statements from today's London meeting of anti-IS nations to bear much relationship to reality on the ground.
In the crucial battleground of Kobani, in northern Syria, reports say Kurdish fighters now control of 80 per cent of the city - but is this a sign the tide is turning against the Islamic State group?
Expect Gen Dempsey and many other voices to grow louder in the coming weeks that more must be done with ground forces if IS is to be dislodged.
It's startling to hear someone advocate all out warfare: no negotiations with Iran, a campaign to defeat Assad by military means, faith in a "moderate" opposition.
At least half of Aleppo's Armenians have left the country. Once again, their community is divided and endangered. And once again, they regard Turkey as the chief cause of their problems.
The physical damage to Aleppo is shocking, but the destruction of people's lives will be much harder to repair.
Turkish anarchists, who made headlines around the world during the battle for Taksim Square, have decamped to the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani to support the fight against the Islamic State.
The simple and obvious question to ask today is this: would parliament be discussing bombing Iraq for a third war if the USA were not already doing so?