Pro-Syrian government forces on Tuesday arrived in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin following an agreement between the government and the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The government fighters advanced toward the Afrin region in Syrian Kurdistan after an agreement was arranged earlier to allow the Syrian troops to enter the Kurdish-controlled area. Following the arrival of the Syrian fighters, Turkish fighter jets and artillery targeted the convoy of pro-government forces en route to Afrin.

Meanwhile, Iraqi authorities have decided to officially reopen the Duhok-Mosul road to business traffic, taking effect on Wednesday. Kurdish security officials in Erbil say they are ready to unilaterally reopen the KRG capital road to Kirkuk if Baghdad insists on maintaining its blockade. The Mosul governor decided for the Mosul-Duhok road to be opened for businesses. It has been almost two months since the Duhok-Mosul road near the town of Wanke was opened to civilians.

Lastly, Zayn Malik has teased at new music with cryptic Instagram posts. Short videos of the British artists singing were posted yesterday. There’s still no more details on when to expect the record, or how it will be delivered, but the former one direction singer has confirmed it won’t be your usual way of putting out an album.