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Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

Comment: Trump’s foreign policy has contributed to the emboldening of human rights abusers, writes Rose Worden.

US and Turkey agree on 'roadmap' for Kurdish-held Manbij

The New Arab & agencies

US and Turkey agree on 'roadmap' for Kurdish-held Manbij

Officials from the NATO allies met on Friday to agree on further security cooperation in relation to the Kurdish-held Syrian city.

Pompeo's Plan B on Iran: An exercise in futility

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

Pompeo's Plan B on Iran: An exercise in futility

Comment: It is now perfectly clear that Trump's administration has no interest in diplomacy with Iran, and is simply bent on regime change, ...

US in Syria 'for at least six more months'

The New Arab & agencies

US in Syria 'for at least six more months'

The news illustrates the competing tension of Trump wanting a speedy withdrawal from Syria while at the same time delivering a final blow to IS.

The New Arab

US' Pompeo tells Saudi bloc to end Qatar blockade

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, telling Riyadh to end the blockade on Qatar and reign in its offensive on Yemen.

The New Arab

Pompeo makes diplomatic debut in Riyadh as US envoy

Washington's newly appointed secretary of state has landed in Riyadh on a tour of the US' key Middle East allies, after vowing to bring some ...

Stasa Salacanin

Trump's hawks will try to destabilise Iran

Analysis: Washington's goal is the overthrow of the Islamic Republic - but the US is unlikely to find any replacement regime more palatable, ...

The New Arab

Pompeo scrapes through Senate confirmation panel after Paul's U-turn

The nominee for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured a shock approval from a Senate panel, amid fears his bellicose approach to diplomacy ...

Washington has no plan for post-Iran deal diplomacy

Marcus Montgomery

Washington has no plan for post-Iran deal diplomacy

Comment: The ultimate danger of 'tearing up' the deal is diplomatic isolation, and a slow march towards military conflict, writes Marcus ...

The New Arab

Trump: 'Major decisions' on Syria in '24-48 hours'

The US has warned it is not excluding military action as calls grow for an international response to an alleged gas attack by the Assad regime ...

Turkey urges US to clear 'confusion' over Syria's Manbij

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey urges US to clear 'confusion' over Syria's Manbij

The city of Manbij, held by the People's Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia, has become a major headache in relations between NATO allies ...

US 'setting up military bases' in Syria's Manbij

The New Arab & agencies

US 'setting up military bases' in Syria's Manbij

Manbij is still held by the YPG Kurdish militia, who Turkey last month ousted from the Afrin region to the west.

US military 'planning to send more troops' to Syria

The New Arab

US military 'planning to send more troops' to Syria

The US military is considering sending reinforcements to Syria, defence officials have told CNN, contradicting Trump's promise a withdrawal ...

Despite Trump vow, quick US pullout from Syria unlikely

The New Arab & agencies

Despite Trump vow, quick US pullout from Syria unlikely

Although Trump promised a quick pullout from Syria, US forces may be committed to the country for some time to come.

The New Arab

Bin Salman urges US troops to stay in Syria

Fearing unbridled Iranian influence and alarmed by Trump's latest remarks, the Saudi Crown Prince has voiced his strong support for US troops to remain in Syria.

The New Arab & agencies

Trump freezes over $200 million in Syria recovery funds

The White House has instructed the State Department to freeze over $200 million in funds earmarked for 'recovery efforts' in Syria, The Wall ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian SDF unaware of any US withdrawal plan: official

An SDF spokesman said the fight against the Islamic State group, which operates under a US-led coalition, is "continuing".

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

The Iran deal is not yet dead

Comment: The JCPOA wasn't just an arms deal, but a recognition that world must engage with Iran - and that is something which cant be killed, ...

Trump says US withdrawing from Syria 'very soon'

The New Arab & agencies

Trump says US withdrawing from Syria 'very soon'

Trump has insisted that US forces would pull out of Syria "very soon" and lamented what he said was Washington's waste of $7 trillion in Middle ...

CJ Werleman

Trump's other foreign collusion scandal

Comment: Government-by-highest-bidder has reached foreign policy, with UAE paymasters spending millions to influence Congress and the White ...

Bolton is only as dangerous as his boss

James Snell

Bolton is only as dangerous as his boss

Comment: Doomsday prophecies about the new national security adviser are unhelpful and misguided, writes James Snell.

Trump replaces McMaster, names hawk Bolton as security advisor

The New Arab & agencies

Trump replaces McMaster, names hawk Bolton as security advisor

US President Donald Trump named ultra hardline Fox News pundit and former UN ambassador John Bolton as his new national security advisor, ...

Trump still wants Gulf leaders to end Qatar blockade

The New Arab

Trump still wants Gulf leaders to end Qatar blockade

The US president is still seeking to organise a summit of Arab Gulf leaders to resolve the ongoing blockade of Qatar, a senior US official said ...

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