Two deadly car bombings last weekend near Turkey’s border with Syria underscored what Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be looking for from President Barack Obama in Washington this week: stronger U.S. leadership on Syria’s civil war.
Iraq plans to ask the UN Security Council to block Kurdish separatists from withdrawing to its soil from neighboring Turkey, a move that may inflame tensions between the two countries over energy resources and Syria.
Lebanon’s President Michel Suleiman rejected calls to send fighters and weapons to Syria, the official National News Agency said, maintaining the country’s attempts to distance itself from its neighbors’ civil war.
Iraqi army troops backed by helicopters stormed a plaza in a northern town, killing at least 20 protesters and wounding 46 others, the latest outbreak of violence in the oil-producing nation, the regional police force said in a statement.
The merger of al-Qaeda in Iraq and the extremist al-Nusra Front represents a “real test” to the credibility of the United Nations and the international community, which should choose between supporting terrorism or the Syrian government, state-run SANA news agency said today.