(Julie Kebbi / OLJ) The news was predictable. The information was confirmed yesterday by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as the Kurdish forces in Manbij were rumoured to be leaving recently. The militia announced the “withdrawal” of its “military advisers” two years after the taking of the city in the Syrian North from the hands…

On his first official trip to Africa, Secretary Rex Tillerson will travel to N’Djamena, Chad; Djibouti, Djibouti; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Abuja, Nigeria, March 6-13, 2018. Secretary Tillerson will meet with leadership in each country, as well as the leadership of the African Union Commission based in Addis Ababa, to further US partnerships…

The State Department officials has Ismail Haniya, the head of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, on the official U.S. terrorist blacklist in a move likely to further inflame tensions between Washington and the Arab world. The 55-year old Hamas chief, who was named leader of the group in 2017, has been seen as a moderating…

Fighting in the rebel province of Idlib On January 16, government forces recaptured 8 villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other militant groups in southern Aleppo and southeastern Idlib. Northeast of the Abu al-Duhur airbase, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies restored control over Marhamiyah, Uwaynat Kabirah, Mash and Tal Mash. Meanwhile,…