Deir el-Zour, Syria
Civilians slain: Dozens of Syrian civilians, including children, were killed by U.S. and Russian airstrikes this week, as multiple sides in the conflict tried to break the ISIS siege of Deir el-Zour. Russian forces backing Syrian troops were responsible for most of the civilian deaths, while an errant strike from U.S. forces backing Kurdish troops killed 12 members of a Syrian family. Thanks largely to Russian military support, the Syrian government once again controls 85 percent of Syrian territory and is closing in on the remainder, still held by militants. Since 2015, Russia has delivered thousands of tons of military equipment and supplies to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.