Middle East

US plans open-ended military presence in Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US special forces and military advisers are deployed in northern and eastern Syria The US will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the jihadist group Islamic State, counter Iranian influence, and help end the civil war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said […]

Middle East

Turkey poised to attack Kurdish-help Syrian town

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Turkish tank positioned on the Turkish-Syrian border near Manbij in December Turkey says it is getting ready to launch a massive assault on Kurdish forces inside Syria – potentially putting it in direct conflict with its Nato ally, the United States. This could be a significant new development in […]

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University backs Regeni tutor amid murder probe

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Giulio Regeni’s body was found dumped in the outskirts of Cairo Cambridge University has denounced a “campaign of denigration” aimed at implicating one of its lecturers in the murder of an Italian student in Egypt. The “concerted efforts” against Dr Maha Abdelrahman happen despite her efforts to co-operate with […]