President Donald Trump has approved a Pentagon plan to directly arm the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — a group of Syrian Kurds with direct ties to an Islamo-Marxist terror group — in the fight against the Islamic State. The decision is sure to add insult to injury in already strained relations between the United States and Turkey.

A Russian plan establish “de-escalation zones” in Syria would bar military aircraft from all countries including the U.S.-led coalition from “no-fly” zones in Syria.


The leader of al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen said that his followers are now allied to the U.S.-backed forces fighting against Shia rebels known as Houthis.

Donald Trump has joined the "grand tradition" of American presidents — dating back to Harry Truman — of slighting Taiwan's non-Communist government, in favor of the Communist regime on the mainland of China.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the administration is open to having direct talks with North Korea, if the agenda focuses on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

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