Weeks after the U.S. withdrew troops from northeast Syria — launching what Kurds have called an “ethnic cleansing” against them by Turkish forces — President Trump declared his Syria policy a success, claiming that the U.S. has “saved the lives of many, many Kurds.” “We have done them a great service and we’ve done a…

US Vice President Michael Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have agreed that Turkey’s military operation in northeastern Syria will be suspended. According to the Middle East Eye newspaper, fighting will be suspended for 120 hours to allow Kurdish armed formations to leave the “security zone”. Middle East Eye, citing sources within the Turkish…

Turkish forces are ready to launch an offensive into neighbouring Syria, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, after U.S. President Donald Trump gave the green light for a Turkish military incursion into the Syrian Kurdish-held region. “Turkish armed forces will not allow for the formation of a terror corridor along its border. All preparations are…

President Donald Trump on Thursday banned “senior officials of the Iranian regime and their families” from entering the United States, in a further escalation of the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. “For years, Iranian officials and their family members have quietly enjoyed America’s freedom and prosperity, including the excellent educational, recreational and cultural opportunities offered…

The Taliban sent a delegation to Russia to discuss the prospect of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. This follows the failure of negotiations with the United States this month. This was done to increase regional support. The Taliban are also planning to visit China, Iran and Central Asian countries. “The purpose of this…

U.S. President Donald Trump said he canceled a secret meeting outside of Washington, D.C. with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after a car bomb in Kabul killed 12 people, including a U.S. soldier. In a series of tweets on September 7, Trump said he had planned to “secretly” hold peace talks with the…

Tensions rose even higher on Friday in the Gulf region where Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Friday that it has impounded a British-flagged oil tanker, the second foreign vessel seized by the Guards this week. The IRGC said in a July 19 statement that it had “confiscated” the tanker at the request of Hormozgan…

Two unidentified drones bombed a part of a base belonging to the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units), a coalition of Shia militias mainly supported by Iran, in northern Iraq in early Friday, July 19. Several people were killed, according to military reports and Iraqi media. Two unmanned aerial vehicles dropped explosives on a camp frequented…

The United States shot dead an Iranian drone on Thursday after it approached an American ship in the Strait of Hormuz, the latest incident in a region under high tension for more than two months. It was American President Donald Trump himself who announced that the United States had shot down this Iranian aircraft that…

United States President Donald Trump on Sunday warned the Iranian regime that it better be careful after Tehran announced that it has increased its uranium enrichment above the limit set by the regime’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. When asked about Iran on Sunday, President Trump told reporters, “Iran better be careful.” The Iranian…