The White House said Monday that with the defeat of Islamic State the United States is winding down its military support for the local groups fighting the militants. The news of the policy change first came last week from Turkey, which has long complained of the US support for Kurdish YPG militia that Ankara considers a terrorist organization. VOA’s Zlatica Hoke reports.
Syria, Russia Step Up Airstrikes Ahead of Renewed Peace Talks in Geneva
Talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces aimed at bringing an end to the six-year war resume Tuesday in Geneva. Nearly half a million people have been killed since the President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on an uprising during the 2011 Arab Spring. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, several regional and global powers have intervened in the conflict – and it is they who will likely drive the terms of any peace deal.