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Vladimir Putin in Ankara. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Russia has been jamming some U.S. drones over Syrian airspace, seriously impacting military operations, four U.S. officials told NBC News’ Courtney Kube. Russia reportedly began jamming other, smaller U.S. drones weeks ago after suspected chemical weapons attacks in eastern Ghouta.

Why: The Russians were concerned the U.S. would retaliate in response to the attacks, and tried jamming U.S. GPSs to prevent an attack, per Kube.

What the Pentagon is saying: Pentagon spokesperson Eric Pahon would not reveal whether military operations were affected, citing operational security. Pahon said the Pentagon “maintains sufficient countermeasures and protections to ensure the ability of our manned and unmanned aircraft, and our forces to carry out their assigned missions.”

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.