Al Monitor

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 10:54
The article states that Trump decided to cancel the covert program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels after weapons ended up in the hands of Al-Qaeda fighters.
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 12:02
This article discusses the recent decision in the House rejecting Trump’s proposal to cut spending on foreign aid to the Middle East and highlights the strategic importance of continuing aid to Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 07:54
Egypt and Saudi Arabia have extended their drive for influence in the Middle East by turning their sights on the Horn of Africa and other East African states. Cairo and Riyadh are competing for political influence, investing in agriculture projects, and vying for control in the Nile River valley.
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 09:22
Officials in the oil-rich Kirkuk, with its Kurdish-majority population located in territory disputed between Iraq’s central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, denied to Al-Monitor reports that some Sunni Arab internally displaced persons (IDPs) had been pushed out of the city after the Oct. 21 assault by over 100 Islamic State (IS) operatives.
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 07:30
The raids will likely further complicate Washington’s efforts to balance its relations with Turkey, a key NATO ally, and the YPG, which remains the U.S.-led coalition’s most effective partner against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 07:33
While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fumes at Baghdad for excluding Turkey from the operation to liberate Mosul, Ankara has sent a team to the Iraqi capital to continue negotiating a role for Turkey.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 07:29
The Barack Obama administration shifted more than $100 million earmarked for Egypt to other countries earlier this year amid growing frustration with Cairo, Al-Monitor has learned. The previously undisclosed reallocation is a signal of Washington's impatience with the Egyptian government's refusal to work with U.S. aid organizations.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 07:14
Factions of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are threatening to attack US troops that participate in the battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), but the Iraqi government hopes to smooth things over.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 08:09
Russia and Turkey are effusive about the positive gains in their relationship, but ties remain tenuous where Syria is concerned. A visit by the Russian chief of staff after an 11-year hiatus is itself an important development, made even more so because it came soon after Turkey’s intervention in the Syrian war and coincides with the ongoing debate over Black Sea domination.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 07:22
Current and pending defense authorization legislation prohibits US military assistance for Iraq if it risks falling into the hands of Iran-backed groups, many of which have contributed heavily to the country's ongoing fight against ISIS.