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.
Lebanese Minister of Interior, Raya al-Hassan, said that the security situation is at least 90% better than what it was a few years ago. She credits the security forces for carrying out their duties and securing the country.
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.
The civil council in the Syrian city of Manbij has been working to implement services in the city and its surrounding areas. Amongst these services is the opening of health clinics throughout the countryside.
Citizens of the northern Syrian city of Manbij express their happiness on the anniversary of the liberation of their city. Since the expulsion of ISIS, economic dynamism has been picking up in Manbij as the security situation over the past 2 years has improved.
Talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran have focused on Idlib, as Syrian President Assad warns the northwestern province is next target. Turkey is working to clear Idlib from al-Qaeda and IS-affiliated groups in order to prevent the Syrian Government from attacking the city.
A statement issued by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has announced that the group will pull out its military advisers from Manbij. The statement comes after Turkey and the US held talks on the northern Syrian town which was liberated from ISIS in 2016.