Analysis Iran Threatens the Saudi-U.S. Axis Without Taking Direct Responsibility

Analysis Iran Threatens the Saudi-U.S. Axis Without Taking Direct Responsibility

The flow of news continues from the Persian Gulf at a rapid pace. On Tuesday, sites connected to the oil industries of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were reportedly hit for the second time this week. And according to a New York Times report, the White House is considering military plans against Iran, one of which includes the dispatch to the region of a huge taskforce of 120,000 soldiers. (U.S. President Donald Trump denied the report on Tuesday.) Iran’s choice of targets is already causing unusual volatility in the oil market and is of concern to the Trump administration. Continue reading Analysis Iran Threatens the Saudi-U.S. Axis Without Taking Direct Responsibility

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ISIS: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

ISIS: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|(Reuters) – Islamic State fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday. Continue reading ISIS: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated

White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated

The territorial ISIS caliphate in Syria has now been 100 percent eliminated, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Friday.

President Donald Trump has, on numerous occasions before now, announced ISIS’ defeat, but this time it would appeared the claim had the full backing of the White House and Pentagon. Continue reading White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated

US-led coalition against the Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria

US-led coalition against the Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria

President Donald Trump announced last month the decision to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops who have deployed to Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia in the fight against Islamic State.

The coalition “has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria. Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements,” Colonel Sean Ryan said.

Washington’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria fear the withdrawal will open the way for Turkey to mount a long-threatened offensive against their area. Turkey views the dominant Syrian Kurdish groups as a national security threat. Continue reading US-led coalition against the Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria