Since September, the value of the already-embattled Syrian Pound has collapsed against the US Dollar, reaching a new of of SYP790 against $1. The rapid collapse, exacerbated by economic difficulties in Lebanon, has so far gone unchallenged despite the many efforts of Damascus to stabilise the currency.
Turkish warplanes and artillery hit Kurdish military targets in northeast Syria on the third day of an offensive that has killed hundreds of people, forced tens of thousands to flee and turned Washington’s establishment against President Donald Trump.
Amidst tensions between the two countries over the issue of US sanctions, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi cancels his trip to Tehran but confirms his trip to Turkey. The official reason given for the cancelation is the PM's "busy schedule" according to the Iraqi PM's media office.