Near East

Violence Mounts in Syrian Civil War Turning Point
At the start of 2017, the Syrian government held less than 17 percent of territory; today, in what appears to be the last turning point in the…

Southern Iraq Erupts with Protests
Low-level protests over poor government services and unemployment gained traction on July 8 after a demonstrator was killed by security forces, and…

The Critical Battle for Hodeidah
Yemen has been in a state of war since 2014, when a small minority from the north of the country—the Houthis, allied with former president Ali…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

Security Alert: Baghdad and Basrah (Iraq), Muharram Holiday and Protests in Basrah
The United States Mission in Iraq is restricting its movements during the month-long celebration of the Muslim holiday Muharram, particularly around…

Health Alert: Algiers (Algeria), Small Number of Cholera Cases
The Algerian Ministry of Health has confirmed a small number of cholera cases in the wilayas of Algiers, Blida, Bouira, Tipaza, Medea and Ain Defla.