The last 72 hours has witnessed a dramatic withdrawal of U.S. influence in northern Syria. The abrupt announcement by U.S. President Trump that he was withdrawing military personnel from embedded positions with the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the border with Turkey set the stage for Ankara’s invasion on Wednesday
On September 20, the Trump administration announced the latest step in its campaign to apply ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran’s economy to compel Iran’s leadership to negotiate a more favorable nuclear deal than the 2015 multilateral agreement that the Trump administration abandoned
On Sunday evening, the Trump administration released a statement from the White House press secretary that signals a major shift in U.S. policy toward Syria
In late September, protests erupted throughout Egypt in response to the widespread and systemic corruption of the regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Predictably, the Egyptian security forces responded with a heavy hand, arresting thousands of civilians, most without charges
Over the course of the past week, Iraq has been convulsed by growing protests over corruption, widespread unemployment, and the government’s inability to provide basic services