Intel: US CENTCOM commander meets with head of Syria’s Kurdish forces

The head of Syria’s Kurdish-led militias said he met today with the top commander of US forces in the Middle East, Gen. Frank McKenzie, in northeast Syria.

Jared Szuba | Syria Conflict | Jul 10, 2020
al-monitor US Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command, speaks as a picture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen during a press briefing on Oct. 30, 2019, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Baghdadi was killed three days before in a US raid in Idlib province, Syria. Photo by Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Intel: CENTCOM commander says Soleimani strike won’t deter Iran forever

The top commander of US military forces in the Middle East says he believes the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani has only temporarily deterred Iran from pursuing its goal of pushing US troops out of the region.

Jared Szuba | Iran-US tensions | Jul 10, 2020

Intel: Turkey lashes out at new US support for Cyprus

Turkey is lashing out at the United States as Washington moves closer to providing Cyprus with military aid as the disputed island nation develops closer energy ties with Israel.

Bryant Harris | Border Disputes | Jul 9, 2020

Intel: US lawmakers tussle over key condition on restoring Palestinian aid

Democrats and Republicans clashed today over a newly proposed restriction on Palestinian assistance in this year’s foreign aid spending bill — the latest chapter in the struggle to resume economic support for the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Bryant Harris | Israeli-Palestinian conflict | Jul 9, 2020

US CENTCOM commander discusses security ties in visit to Iraq

The visit of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie to Baghdad this week comes as the United States restructures and consolidates force posture while bringing in more NATO advisers.

Jared Szuba | Defense/Security cooperation | Jul 9, 2020