The U.S. has doubled its military presence in Somalia over the past year and will likely expand that presence further, as it pursues a two-track mission of building up the country’s security forces while conducting raids and airstrikes against al-Shabaab and the so-called Islamic State.
In his October 13 speech outlining Washington’s policy toward Iran, President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran, unless Congress and U.S. allies succeed in closing what the U.S. claims are key loopholes in the accord.
On November 19, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Antalya, Turkey to prepare for a November 22 summit in Russia to discuss efforts to resolve the Syrian civil war.
Upheaval continues to rock the Middle East, and complex power dynamics are exacerbating conflicts between states across Asia.
The United Nations (UN) observes its annual ‘International Day of Tolerance’ today, November 16.