Though the United States and allied countries are working to convince Russia to reopen a border crossing between Iraq and Syria to UN humanitarian aid, Moscow could not only refuse but block aid through other points.
In an interview with Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator Marc Lowcock on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the UN's $2 billion humanitarian response plan, the official appealed for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East to ease the fight against Coronavirus.
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.
States have pledged more than $3 billion to support refugees and about 50,000 resettlement places, the United Nations (UN) refugee agency said on Wednesday (December 18) at the end of a ministerial conference.
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.