Two US drone strikes have killed at least four people, suspected to be al-Qaeda members, in the Yashbum Valley in Yemen’s southern province of Shabwah. A separate drone strike also hit an area in the eastern part of Shaqra town in the southern province of Abyan. The drone attacks in Yemen have continued alongside the Saudi military aggression against the impoverished country.
While the so-called Syrian opposition, dubbed the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), has sought to meet with Russian officials in a bid to affect Moscow’s stance on Damascus, the Syrian government has underlined the need for the issue of terrorism to be put on the agenda of the Geneva peace talks.
The United States and its allies are well aware of the fact that the allegations over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government forces is unfounded; however, they want to weaken the defense might of the Arab state, says Daniel Shaw, a professor at the City University of New York.
Sixty prominent Australian figures have signed a statement voicing strong opposition to an upcoming visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the country. The statement slammed Netanyahu’s policies toward Palestinians as “provocative, intimidating and oppressive.”
US President Donald Trump is expected to retreat from his campaign promise to rip up a nuclear deal signed by Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US, the UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany in 2015, says an analyst.