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.
In response to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, the Egyptian parliament hosted Syrian Ambassador to Egypt Bassam Darwish in a move to show its official support for Syria against Turkey, and as a prelude to better diplomatic relations.
The Algerian Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, accused a nondescript "gang" of infiltrating the protest movement in the country and damaging the relations between the Algerian people and Army.
Despite the recent improvement of diplomatic and economic ties between Iraq and Kuwait, the former accused the small Gulf country of infringing on agreements set between them in regards to their maritime border in the Persian Gulf.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi met in Cairo to discuss ways to enhance economic and strategic relations, as well as a unified Arab position toward the regional developments.
The Iraqi President ratified the budget for 2019 earlier this week, ushering in Iraq’s largest ever budget. While criticised by some onlookers, the budget is viewed as a springboard for further reforms in 2020.
Despite an economic downturn and the freezing of Libyan state funds since 2011, investors in the country are attempting to find new avenues of opportunity across Africa by building bridges with other countries.
The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari and the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met in Cairo to discuss the two countries relations. Egyptian FM stressed on his country' support for Iraq's stability and safety.
In his speech at the opening session for the new Iraqi Parliament, Haider al-Abadi, who headed the previous government, stressed on the importance of focusing on development and the provision of services in the next stage, while protecting Iraq's sovereignty.
A long list of difficult files awaits the new Iraqi government, whose birth seems challenging. An example of these complex problems is the deterioration of the water crisis after Turkey began operating the Ilisu dam on the Tigris River, which is now shyly flowing in Baghdad.