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Tens of thousands of civilians in parts of Mosul held by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are struggling to find food, water and medicine, the United Nations has said, days into a new push by U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops to take the northern city.
BEIRUT - Agence France-Presse
A new round of Syrian peace talks opens in Geneva today, overshadowed by a competing process in Astana and with rebels reeling from a major setback in Damascus.
ANKARA - Reuters
The United States has told Turkey that the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) will not remain in the region after the operation to take Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on May 12.
Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf quit Iran’s presidential race yesterday and said he would back hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi in May 19’s vote.
WASHINGTON - Reuters
President Donald Trump has authorized arming the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) in Syria "as necessary to ensure a clear victory" in a planned assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
HABBANIYAH, Iraq - Agence France-Presse
Militants killed two police yeserday in Haditha in a rare attack inside a town west of Baghdad that tribesmen and security forces successfully defended against repeated jihadist assaults, officials said.
DAMASCUS - Agence France-Presse
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on May 8 his country would reject any United Nations role in monitoring the implementation of four “de-escalation” zones.
The Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), has killed a total of 407 civilians, including 51 children and 43 women, torturing 16 of these since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, according to a report published by the Turkish Interior Ministry, daily Habertürk reported on May 15.
BEIRUT - Reuters
Hundreds of Syrian rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus district of Barzeh yesterday as part of an evacuation deal with the government, state media and a war monitor reported.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed his wish that his upcoming talks with U.S. President Donald Trump will constitute a new beginning in Turkey-U.S. ties, hoping that Washington will reverse its decision to arm Syrian Kurdish groups that Ankara sees as terrorist organizations
TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse
Iran’s defense minister on May 8 lashed back at Saudi Arabia, slamming the kingdom’s deputy crown prince over belligerent comments last week that underscored the deep rivalries between the Sunni and Shiite power.