On Monday, Jordanian King Abdullah II visited Iraq for the first time in over a decade. The visit by the king of Jordan is the latest in a string of top-level diplomatic encounters in Iraq in recent weeks.The two countries share a 179-kilometer border, and Jordan is a major importer of Iraqi crude oil.
Though the UN has yet to confirm who will serve on Syria's Constitutional Committee, the Astana trio is optimistic about the committee's overall prospects, especially after the United States announced that it will withdraw its troops from Syria
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are preparing to launch its offensive in the Greater Idlib Region, which is expected to start in the near future. The Syrian Regime has placed a deadline of September 10th for negotiations over the future of the region.
On Tuesday, airstrikes, the first in weeks, kills citizens in Idlib, the last rebel-held province in Syria, and raises fears amongst the international community, that an all-out government offensive is bound to happen soon.
The head of the Turkey-based Syria's National Coalition (SNC), Abdulrahman Mustafa, said that the rebels would not turn against Hayy'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the wake of a government assault on Idlib.
Russian, Iranian and Turkish officials gather in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan in hopes of reaching a political settlement in Syria. Representatives from the United States did not attend this round of talks.
Astana Process: First time Iran, Russia, Turkey gather for negotiations on the Syrian peace process in Astana, Kazakhstan since cross-border military strikes between Iran, Israel. The meeting between the countries will last two days.