After a little more than a month in office, US President Joe Biden ordered a retaliatory strike against Iranian-backed militias based in Syria. The air strikes were a response to alleged attacks by Kataib Hizbullah and Kataib Sayed Al-Shuhada on US targets in Iraq.
Syrian Civil War
Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has fired the country’s prime minister as the country teeters precariously on the edge of economic ruin.
This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit the U.S. president at the White House. The meeting, which was confirmed only a few days ago, takes place against a worsening U.S.-Turkish relationship and moves by the U.S.
News of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, has sparked debate across the region about the consequences of his demise.
The U.S. withdrawal from Kurdish-controlled Syrian territory continues to impact U.S. allies in the region, as they come to terms with the possibility that the Trump administration may not always be there for them.
The announcement and subsequent withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Syrian-Turkish border has caught many by surprise. It has sparked accusations of American betrayal, and even elicited some strong responses from the U.S. president’s allies in Congress.
The agreement between the United States and Turkey to establish a “peace corridor” or safe zone in northern Syria appears to be holding for the moment. Last month’s agreement envisioned the joint patrolling of the area by both U.S.