Iraq announced the official defeat of the ISIS terror group on its soil recently. Efforts in Syria pinpointing on the cities of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zoor, the last two ISIS strongholds, are also on the rise with estimates forecasting the group’s complete annihilation in October.
An image grab taken from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on August 24, 2017 shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite movement Hezbollah. (AFP
The main proxy
A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows (L-R) Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arriving for an official dinner in Damascus late on February 25, 2010. The presidents of Syria and Iran have signed a visa-scrapping accord, signalling even closer ties and brushing aside US efforts to drive a wedge between the two allies. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == SANA / AFP
The bigger picture
US President Donald Trump ordered a massive military strike against a Syria Thursday in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack they blame on President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP)