U.S.-backed Syria force to send 1,700 soldiers to Afrin

By Middle East Affairs An alliance of Syrian forces backed by the United States announced Tuesday it will pull 1,700 fighters from the fight against the Islamic State to help a Kurdish enclave under Turkish attack, AFP reports. Turkey and allied Syrian rebels have been fighting against a Kurdish militia in Afrin

Iraqi court sentences Turkish woman to death for IS ties

By Middle East Affairs Reuters reports an Iraqi court has sentenced a Turkish woman to death by hanging for joining the Islamic State. The news came in a statement Monday by a spokesman for the criminal court in Baghdad. The spokesman said 10 other women of various nationalities were given life sentences. All the

U.S. calls for fair elections in Egypt

After a meeting Monday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh al-Shoukry, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson voiced that Egypt should hold fair and transparent presidential elections. Many say no such thing will happen in this election. Effectively all of President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi's opponents have either been arrested or dropped out of