Just 4,000 have been deemed eligible to enter the United States over the next year, and a slowdown in the screening process means far fewer are likely to come.
Liz Sly110,000 Iraqis are seeking asylum in the US because they helped the US in the Iraq war. The US admitted only 153 of them in the past year. Next year the number is capped at 4,000, but likely to be far lower. By @jakesNYT
Liz SlyWatch & weep. Syrian Kurds hold up their hands to try to stop US troops from pulling out. Then they hurl tomatoes at the convoy. It’s a bigger humiliation than Saigon, because they weren’t even defeated.
In the wake of escalating violence in Iraq, the resignation of the country's prime minister may be imminent, Task & Purpose has learned.
Liz SlyThe US ambassador in Baghdad has told US military officials that Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mehdi’s resignation could be “imminent” in light of the protests. The US military isn’t so sure. By @PaulSzoldra & James Clark
Hundreds demonstrate across Lebanon, stopping traffic with burning roadblocks and clashing with security forces
Liz SlyProtests, riots and tear gas in Beirut today as Lebanese grow increasingly frustrated with their collapsing economy. The dollar peg of LL1500 is under severe strain, with ATMs short of dollars and exchanges trading the dollar at LL1650. @chehayebk reports.
Egypt’s security forces have arrested some 1,300 people in recent days in one of the largest crackdowns on political opponents in years, rights groups said, amid protests calling for President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s removal.
Liz SlyEgypt has arrested over 1400 people since the protests last weekend. The protests were small; that might be more than the number that participated.
A U.S. destroyer docked at the Beirut Port early Saturday, being the first U.S. warship to do so in more than 30 years.
Liz SlyA US warship docked in Beirut Port today for the first time in nearly 40 years. The presence of guided missile destroyer USS Ramage sends a “political message”, said US ambassador Elizabeth Richard. There was a drinks reception on board tonight.
The Iranian oil tanker released from Gibraltar over U.S. objections earlier this month is set to offload its cargo to smaller vessels that will take the crude to Syria, potentially violating the terms of its release, according to people familiar...
Liz SlyOh look. The Iranian tanker Adrian Darya is preparing to offload its oil to Syria. What a surprise.
The Liwan — where journalists such as Anthony Shadid often stayed — once hummed with Syria’s hopes and fears.
Liz SlySuch a beautiful, heartbreaking tribute by @hwaida_saad to the historic Liwan Hotel in Antakya, haunted by memories for those who cover Syria. Anthony Shadid stayed there, James Foley drank there. They & so many Syrians we met there are gone.
The large military deployment and tactical mobility on the ground point to Turkey preparing for an offensive east of the Euphrates against YPG terrorists
Liz SlyJust as Turkey gets its first delivery of Russian S-400s it sends troops and tanks to the border with northeast Syria. It looks like an attempt to deter US sanctions by threatening to invade the Kurdish areas where US troops are based. Maybe it will work.
Iran says an oil supertanker seized by Britain in Gibraltar was not carrying oil to Syria, denouncing the seizure as “maritime piracy”.
Liz SlyIran now says the oil on the tanker detained by Britain was not bound for Syria. But it doesn’t say where it was going to go. A few days ago, Iran wasn’t refuting that Syria was the destination of the oil. (Where else could it have been going?)
A top US diplomat has formally asked Germany to send troops to Syria to help fight the terrorist militia Islamic State. James Jeffrey said allies needed to provide technical support for the Kurdish-led opposition.
Liz SlyThe US has put in a formal request to Germany to send ground troops to Syria to replace departing US troops. Germany is highly likely to say: No (Nein)
Syrian Network for Human Rights says two-month offensive has left 130 children dead
Liz SlyThe Russian-led offensive in northwest Syria has killed 544 civilians in the past 2 months, mostly in air strikes . 130 of them are children. 300,000 people have fled their homes. 30 medical facilities have been hit.
At the height of the Islamic State’s (IS) success, in 2013 and 2014, a constant flow of information emerged on social media about the group’s leaders.
Liz SlyFascinating on what we know and don't know about the ISIS leadership today, by @DanieleRaineri
-What we know: Baghdadi is the only original leader known to have survived the 5-year war.
-What we don't know: anything else.
Iraq is establishing a financial "loophole" to continue buying vital gas and electricity from Iran despite US sanctions, AFP has learned, mirroring a European mechanism that came into effect Friday. The "special purpose vehicle" (SPV) would allow...
Liz SlyIraq has created a loophole similar to INSTEX that will allow Baghdad to continue to buy electricity & gas from Iran. Iran will get an Iraqi dinar bank account that it can only use to buy medicine and food. By @GebeilyM