Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States will be withdrawing all troops from northeastern Syria and that he expects Syrian Kurds to seek aid from Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Two years after the Syrian Government Forces took control over the Damascus suburb of Daraya, thousands of displaced Syrians are returning back to their homes. This comes after Moscow announced that Syria would be ready to accept one million refugees after partial reconstruction.
In Basra, south of Iraq, more than 14,000 cases recorded in the past two weeks related to the consumption of unclean water. As a result political and tribal leaders from the oil hub have threatened to obstruct crude exports if their demands are not met.