RT America -- August 26, 2014

The US is further ramping up its involvement in the Levant as the Islamic State threat grows. On Tuesday, the Obama administration revealed it will conduct surveillance flights over Syria to monitor the radical jihadists that have taken control of large portions of the country. Longtime foes, the US and Syria both announced they are not working together on the operation, and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned that while surveillance is acceptable, unilateral strikes will be viewed as acts of aggression. Matt Southworth of the Friends Committee on National Legislation speaks with RT’s Manila Chan on the expanding conflict.

The family of Michael Brown laid to rest the body of the 18-year-old on Tuesday. Killed by police officer Darren Wilson following a disputed confrontation, the teen’s death kicked off nearly two weeks of clashes between protesters and heavily armed police. The funeral had a different tone, however, as the hundreds who turned out paid respect to Brown in peace. RT’s Marina Portnaya is in Ferguson and examines the community rocked by tragedy.