In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in northeast Syria, Gen. Mazlum Kobane speaks on a range of issues including prospects for reviving dialogue with Turkey, US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and the impact of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani's killing in Iraq.
Pressured by the Syrian Government, and assaulted by Turkish forces, can the Kurdish Rojava Project Survive? Senior official in pro-Kurdish administration vows to 'continue to run things as before' despite deal with Damascus.
The Armed Forces of Algeria are pushing for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down amidst continued protests. However, the ruling FLN has, so far, been unable to find a replacement that satisfies all sides.
Eyewitnesses have said that the Kurdistan Democratic Party's political police, the Asayish have detained and beaten Faiez Abed Jahwareh, the Assyrian Mayor of the city of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plains. The Asayish officer reportedly declared that the KDP controls the area and "decides what happens in Alqosh".
Kurdish leaders in Northern Syria have already stated that they are willing to enter into talks with the regime. Leaders of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) said that they are willing to enter negotiations if they are able to keep local administrative powers.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.