Middle East

Conflict

US strike kills top Iranian commander

Iran threatened on Friday to hit back hard after a US air strike in Baghdad killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's elite Quds Force and architect of its growing military influence in the Middle East.

Does US withdrawal leave Syria open to Russia?

In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.

Conflict

Who are the Kurds?

Following US President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will pull out of northeast Syria, the Kurds, an ethnic group split across four countries, could face an attack by Turkey. They've been fighting for autonomy for a century.

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Conflict & Justice

Egypt: Clashes in Tahrir Square

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Cairo, where he is seeing thousands of pro-Mubarak forces surging on Tahrir Square. He says there's a lot of anger in the streets and that fists are flying as violence escalates in the square.

Global Politics

The State of US-Egypt Relations

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times says that President Obama has a knows he cannot "be seen deposing foreign leaders" even while some are asking for him to take a stronger role in Egypt.

Conflict & Justice

Egypt: A Need for Reconciliation?

While rejecting calls for his immediate ouster, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak agreed not to seek reelection in September. A new government is all but guaranteed in the region, but will the country's transition to Democracy be peaceful?