Here we have a scoop hitting the mainstream media headlines to eclipse China’s One Belt, One Road summit, the Macron’s inauguration, Syria, never ending North Korea’s missile launches and the Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to Washington. US President Donald Trump is at the centre of a storm. The saga of the alleged Russian connection to Trump’s campaign is once again dominating the news.
US President Donald Trump welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the White House on May 10 after the Russian official had held talks with State Secretary Rex Tillerson. It was Lavrov’s first trip to Washington since 2013. The foreign minister is the highest-ranking Russian official Donald Trump met with as president. The two met privately in the Oval Office – an honor reserved for distinguished guests – alongside Tillerson and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak...
It is reported that a Russia-US summit may take place at the end of May. According to Russia's Kommersant newspaper, citing unidentified sources on both sides, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump could meet before July's G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The information was confirmed on April 27 by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The US president plans to be in Europe on May 25-27 to attend the NATO summit in Brussels and the G7 summit in the Italian city Taormina.
With focus on the battle of Raqqa and in the governorates of Homs and Idlib, Jordan has been kept away from media headlines. The kingdom’s role will grow immensely if it becomes the staging point for an operation on Syrian soil. And it may happen pretty soon.
A mass exodus of Islamic State (IS) commanders and fighters from the Syrian city of Raqqa has been reported recently. The group has controlled Raqqa since late 2013. There are around 500 thousand people living in the city, mainly from the areas of Palmyra, al-Sakhnah and the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib. In late March, Newsweek wrote that there were up to 3,500 IS fighters holding positions in Raqqa.
The San Diego-based Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is on the way to North Korea to be joined by three guided-missile surface ships - all capable of long distance cruise missiles strikes against shore infrastructure. The Vinson group is fully prepared for the mission.