Relations between the United States and Turkey, once close allies, entered a serious decline after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edrogan held Washington partly responsible for a failed military coup in 2016.
While the U.S. faces an array of complex national security threats, three in particular are among the biggest causes for concern, with broad ramifications going into 2018 and beyond.
It is both fitting and necessary to acknowledge the magnitude of the Iraqi people’s military defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS).
On December 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi declared on his Twitter account that Iraq had ‘fully liberated’ its territory from the so-called Islamic State, through ‘unity and sacrifice for our nation.’
On November 30, President Trump responded to media reports that Chief of Staff John Kelly intended to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo by saying, ‘He's here. Rex is here.’