Tag: Islamic State

General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), arrives to attend a meeting for talks over a political deal to help end Libyas crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Confusion in Libya as Anti-Jihadist Strongman’s Health a Mystery

The potential absence of former Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman who leads the prominent Libyan National Army (LNA), could create a power vacuum and fuel the chaotic conditions that have allowed jihadist groups to remain active in the North African country, according to several experts.

Syrian soldiers hold their weapons as they dance and chant slogans against U.S. President Trump during demonstrations following a wave of U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, April 14, 2018. Hundreds of Syrians are demonstrating in a landmark square in the Syrian capital, waving victory signs and honking their car horns in a show of defiance. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Assad Begins Final Assault to Regain Complete Control of Damascus

Building on his recapture of the Eastern Ghouta suburb after a long and bloody siege that ended with an alleged chemical weapons attack, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad on Tuesday began the final battle for control of Damascus with artillery strikes on the last rebel positions near the city.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraq's Foreign Minister, attends the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) summit, a three-day conference on security in the Mediterranean region, on November 30, 2017 in Rome. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq Demands Cuba Pay Its Saddam-Era Debt

The government of Iraq confronted Cuban non-resident ambassador to Baghdad, Alexis Bandrich Vega, this week about the island nation’s significant debt to the country, urging Havana to cooperate with finding a way for Iraq to regain its funds.

President Donald Trump delivered a populist address to industrial workers in the state of Ohio, saying that US forces would be "coming out of Syria, like, very soon"

Agencies and Analysts Respond to Trump’s Call for U.S. Withdrawal from Syria

President Donald Trump appeared to have caught the State Department and Pentagon by surprise when he teased the imminent withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria on Thursday. Few would dispute the president’s claims of tremendous progress against the Islamic State since his inauguration, but ISIS has not been completely destroyed, and the United States has other security concerns in the war-torn country.