Turkey, Iran meet before a Syria summit with Russia

By Middle East Affairs Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who support opposing sides in the Syrian conflict, held talks Wednesday in Ankara before their upcoming summit with Russia. The three countries will discuss strategies to reduce the violence among them and their coalitions. Russia and Iran back Syrian

Several countries pledge billions to rebuild Iraq

At a conference Wednesday in Kuwait, countries from around the world pledged to give Iraq billions of dollars in credit, loans, and investments for reconstruction, Reuters reports. After the militant group ISIS took control of much of Iraq in 2014, the country spent years -- with the help of the United