Prime Minister Designate, Adel Abd al-Mahdi is expected to present his cabinet next week. The Iraqi parliament will then approve or reject the cabinet choices that he makes. Currently, Abd al-Mahdi is facing internal sectarian challenges with many parties wanting to continue the ethno-sectarian quota system.
A joint Russia-Turkey agreement to demilitarise a 15km zone in Idlib has been extended, with UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland calling its implementation a “great relief” for the civilians living within the region
Jean Dost is a Kurdish author from the Syrian city of Kobani. He has recently published a book called 'Kobani', in which he narrates stories of life in Kobani before, during and after the ISIS invasion.
In Idlib, some militant organisations have withdrawn from the DMZ set up by Turkey and Russia. Simultaneously, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are continuing their operation against ISIS in the Hajin area in Deir ez-Zour.