Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:19AM
US-backed militants in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah (photo by AFP)
US-backed militants in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah (photo by AFP)

These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Syria

The war in Syria this past week moved toward a serious escalation over the flashpoint city of Hasakah.

US abandons Saudis?

The US has cut its personnel who supported the Saudi regime in its war on Yemen from about 45 officers  to 4 or 5.

Turkey-Israel rapprochement

In late June, Turkey and Israel reached an agreement to normalize ties, which had been strained in 2010 when Israeli commandos stormed a Gaza-bound aid ship killing 10 Turkish activists. On Saturday Turkish lawmakers ratified the deal formally ending a 6 year rift between Ankara and Tel Aviv.