By Middle East Affairs After French President Emmanuel Macron said he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to keep United States forces in Syria, Trump reiterated Sunday his desire to bring troops home as soon as possible. "The U.S. mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants
By Middle East Affairs Damascus, Aleppo and Homs saw explosions early Saturday as the United States, France and Britain carried out their first joint air strikes against Syria. The air strikes were in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack April 7 in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma. Experts believe a "cocktail"
By Middle East Affairs Saudi Arabia's air defense forces shot down three ballistic missiles Wednesday that Yemen's Houthis aimed at the cities of Riyadh, Jizan and Najran, Reuters reports. According to the news agency, the Houthis said they were targeting the defense ministry in Riyadh and a Saudi Aramco distribution facility in
By Middle East Affairs Though Israel hasn't confirmed or denied carrying out an airstrike overnight Sunday against an Iranian base in Syria, Lebanese al-Mayadeen channel reports that Iran's top adviser to the supreme leader threatened that Israel should expect a response. Adviser Ali Akbar Velayati said the strike on the T-4 air
By Middle East Affairs An Israeli anti-occupation and human rights group called Wednesday for troops to refuse orders to shoot unarmed Palestinian protesters, Haaretz reports. Protests near the Gaza border fence since last Friday have left 17 Palestinians dead, as Israeli troops are told that their priority is to keep the Palestinians