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US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have blamed Russia and the Syrian regime for the ongoing “humanitarian catastrophe” in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. In a phone call on Sunday, Trump and May discussed Syria and “the appalling humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta.” The two leaders blamed Russia and the […]

 The US and Turkey, whose forces are at risk of fighting each other in northern Syria, have agreed to try to defuse the crisis. The Nato allies said joint teams would meet shortly to work through their diplomatic differences, including a dispute over the city of Manbij.Turkey has threatened to attack US-allied Kurdish YPG forces […]

The United States has designated the political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as a terrorist and imposed sanctions on him. The state department said Ismail Haniya had “close links with Hamas’ military wing” and been a “proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians”. Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, is already designated a […]

Heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard at a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul this morning. The Marshal Fahim National Defense University came under attack early Monday morning, days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people. Meanwhile, the US Deputy Secretary […]

US President Donald Trump conveyed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan increasing concern about Turkey’s assault on Syrian Kurdistan as the two leaders spoke by telephone on Wednesday. The White House summary of the call explained that Trump had “urged Turkey to exercise caution [and] avoid any action that might risk conflict between Turkish and […]

The US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before the end of 2019, Vice-President Mike Pence has said. The date is earlier than some had expected when President Donald Trump declared last month that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital and ordered the start of preparations for the embassy move. Pence made the announcement in […]

Fears of instability are high as casualties were reported after protests over lack of basic services and delayed and reduced salaries turned violent yesterday. The protests in cities across Sulaimani and Halabja provinces turned violent when demonstrators clashed with riot police and security forces in several cities on Monday. The KRG said that while the […]

A bomb attack has targeted a Kurdish refugee camp in Makhmur, southwest of Erbil, on Wednesday evening. The explosion damaged parts of the camp and resulted in a “large number” of casualties according to the mayor of Makhmur. Three people have been killed and seven injured, according to initial reports. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has condemned […]

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed amid fighting between his supporters and their former allies, the Houthi rebel movement. Officials from Mr Saleh’s General People’s Congress party said he died in an attack south of the capital, Sanaa. The US Supreme Court has ruled President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six mainly […]

Another period of uncertainty to come as the US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG. According to Turkey’s Foreign Minister, President Donald Trump had made the promise in a phone call to his Turkish counterpart, President Erdogan. The White House said it was making “adjustments” to its support for […]


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