The Islamic State has been pushed out of Mosul and other major cities in the last several months, and Raqqa remains its last real stronghold.
Despite longstanding ties between the Kurds and Israel, support for Kurdistan independence is more than likely a geo-political one, with Israel looking to get a foothold in the region.
The incursion follows a deal between Turkey and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's allies Russia and Iran to impose a "de-escalation" zone in Idlib and surrounding areas.
"If America's new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran's missiles," warns Revolutionary Guards Corps chief.
Netanyahu’s advisers cite ‘Fix it or nix it’ speech at the UN but the PM still has no comment.
"Even if 10 other Trumps are created in the world, these [nuclear negotiations] are not reversible."
As Turkish forces prepare to invade the Syrian province of Idlib, the problems they face may become exacerbated.
A Reuters report on Friday said Iran has suggested to six world powers that it may be open to talks about its ballistic missile arsenal.
The crackdown comes as Egypt, a key Western ally in the Middle East, is under fire for its human rights record and the United States has withheld some of its $1.3 billion in annual military aid.
First visit by Saudi king to Russia signifies the importance of Russia in the Middle East and in the global oil market.
Ankara and Tehran have long sought closer relations, but their new meeting comes as Saudi Arabia's king is visiting Moscow.
The quick defeat of ISIS in one of its last strongholds in Iraq still leaves many disturbing questions in the air.
Hawija was one of ISIS's last bastions in Iraq.
Rep. Ted Deutch is urging US President Donald Trump not to nix the controversial deal.
The Iranian and Turkish presidents have pledged close cooperation in preventing Kurdish independence.
As the two main Palestinian factions discuss reconciliation, a major sticking point remains Hamas' apparent refusal to disarm.
Iraq has not been discouraged by the US State Department's call for calm.
The annual al-Quds march promotes support for terrorism, yet the British government doesn't see any cause to call the questionable protest off.
Are the high hopes surrounding Hamas and Fatah's reconciliation talks being squashed?
A US-based Christian aid group teaches Peshmerga fighters how to save their lives and those of their comrades.