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President Donald Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, even as he announced sanctions against Turkey for attacking former U.S. allies there, the Kurds. But the House voted overwhelmingly to rebuke Trump’s action on Syria.

Three Arizona Republicans held fast with President Donald Trump as the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to rebuke the president’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria. Read more»

Women in a military council of Kurds, Christians, Arabs, Turkmen, Yazidis and others in northwest Syria in 2017. Critics worry that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria will leave Kurds vulnerable to Turkish attacks.

Arizona lawmakers joined a growing bipartisan chorus critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops from Northern Syria, even as Trump continued to defend the plan Thursday. Read more»

As President Barack Obama and his national security advisors continue to weigh the costs and benefits of providing greater financial and materiel support for elements of the Syrian opposition—potentially including lethal aid—it is important to understand the structure of the Syrian opposition, which remains plagued by many divisions. Read more»

Syria's complicated situation has defied efforts to formulate solutions that would end the bloodshed there while removing the Assad regime from power. It is not enough for one player to develop a plan—it should consult and coordinate with its partners to push it forward. Read more»

At last, Iraq might have a government. After eight months of acrimonious deadlock, Iraqi political parties have finally made a politically fragile but significant step. But the decision to divide power along ethnic lines does not bode well for the country. Read more»

After the failure of Turkey's reform initiative,Kurdish rebels broke a 14-month ceasefire in June and stepped up attacks on the military. At least 100 fighters, including 30 Turkish soldiers, have been killed over the past few weeks. Read more»

Processing Iraqi election papers.

The official results of Iraq's election could be months away, but there is a lot riding on what happens in the coming weeks as the vote tallies seep out and the still pooling allegations of fraud are investigated. Read more»