Middle East update: February 1-2 2018

SYRIA BuzzFeed has a decent roundup of what's been happening in Afrin. No "news" as such, but if you haven't been following the story and want to get caught up you could do worse. The Trump administration says it may Do Something if it continues to receive reports of the Syrian military using chemical weapons. … Continue reading Middle East update: February 1-2 2018

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Middle East update: January 30 2018

SYRIA Russia's big Syrian congress in Sochi concluded on Tuesday--having accomplished, as expected, nothing--and it appears things went really, really well: Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, helped open the conference on Tuesday by reading out a statement from Vladimir Putin saying the conditions were ripe for Syria to turn “a tragic page” in its history. … Continue reading Middle East update: January 30 2018