According the the NYT: “More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war.”

+ Also from the NYT: Declan Walsh shares photos and cellphone videos from a road trip in one of the world’s most violent war zones.