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Thousands in Germany, France protest Turkish push into Syria Sat, 19 Oct, 2019

Thousands of people in the German city of Cologne and in the French capital demonstrated   against Turkey's offensive in northern Syria.

Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire Fri, 18 Oct, 2019

Associated Press journalists witnessed continued fighting Friday morning in a northeast Syrian town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect hours earlier.

Protests spread across Lebanon over proposed new taxes Fri, 18 Oct, 2019

 Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Beirut after they tried to push through security barriers around the government headquarters amid some of the largest demonstrations the country has seen in years. The riots left two people dead and dozens wounded.
US slaps sanctions on Turkey as Syrian regime returns to north

US slaps sanctions on Turkey as Syrian regime returns to north Tue, 15 Oct, 2019

The United States slapped sanctions on Turkey as it demanded an end to the deadly incursion against Syrian Kurdish fighters, accusing its NATO partner of putting civilians at risk and allowing the release of Islamic State extremists.
Syrian army returns to northeast, as Turkey widens invasion

Syrian army returns to northeast, as Turkey widens invasion Mon, 14 Oct, 2019

 Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northeastern Syria, including the flashpoint region of Manbij, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region began to shift or crumble following the pullback of U.S. forces.
Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal Mon, 14 Oct, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a key deal   with Saudi Arabia during a key visit for an OPEC+ grouping aimed at stabilising global oil prices and seeking to calm regional tensions with Iran.
Macron, Merkel call for end to Turkish offensive in Syria

Macron, Merkel call for end to Turkish offensive in Syria Sun, 13 Oct, 2019

 France's President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called  for an end to Turkey's offensive against Kurds in northern Syria, warning of dire humanitarian consequences and a boost for the Islamic State group.
IS supporters escape as Turkish troops near key Syrian town

IS supporters escape as Turkish troops near key Syrian town Sun, 13 Oct, 2019

Turkish forces approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria on Sunday, setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Islamic State supporters to escape from a camp for displaced people near a U.S.-led coalition base, Syrian Kurdish officials said.
US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia over Iran threat

US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia over Iran threat Sat, 12 Oct, 2019

The Pentagon announced  it was bolstering US forces in Saudi Arabia after Riyadh asked for reinforcements following the September 14 drone-and-missile attack on Saudi oil plants which Washington blames on Iran.

Iran says oil tanker struck by missiles off Saudi Arabia Fri, 11 Oct, 2019

Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.
After Iraq violence, Shiite hardliners seize advantage

After Iraq violence, Shiite hardliners seize advantage Fri, 11 Oct, 2019

Deadly protests in Iraq have exposed a rift within the country's Shiite political factions benefiting hardliners ready to embrace authoritarianism, experts say.

Turkey says ground forces are advancing in northern Syria Thu, 10 Oct, 2019

Turkish ground forces pressed their advance against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, Turkey's Defense Ministry said, launching airstrikes and unleashing artillery shelling on Syrian towns and villages t
Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria Thu, 10 Oct, 2019

Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria  after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States.
Iraq's uprising an open crisis with no known path forward

Iraq's uprising an open crisis with no known path forward Wed, 09 Oct, 2019

 Iraq has been plunged into a new cycle of instability that potentially could be the most dangerous this conflict-scarred nation has faced, barely two years after declaring victory over the Islamic State group in a war that left much of the country in ruins and displaced tens of thousands.
Trump's plan for Syria withdrawal weakens GOP unity

Trump's plan for Syria withdrawal weakens GOP unity Wed, 09 Oct, 2019

Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years trying to limit public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm. 
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