These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Ivory Coast mutineers
Tensions are escalating in Ivory Coast, where a mutiny launched by army officers has spread to several cities across the African country. Disgruntled soldiers seized control of Ivory Coast's second city Bouake on Friday in a protest over pay. Rocket launchers were used in the streets, terrifying residents. The government says soldiers' demands include salary increases and speedier promotions. Government officials say the situation is under control. They say a deal was reached between the government and the soldiers late on Saturday after negotiations.
Kerry audio leaks
The US animosity toward the Syrian government and its years-long push to oust President Bashar al-Assad is no secret. But a leaked audio recording in September 2016 showed how far Washington would go to fulfill its Syria objectives. In the leaked file which has now come under close scrutiny, the US Secretary of State can be heard telling some anti-Syria groups that a regime change was Washington’s only goal. John Kerry indicated that the Obama administration allowed Daesh to grow in Syria in the hope that the terror group would carry out the task.
Saudi ambitions in flames
Syrians are returning to eastern Aleppo after its liberation by the army and allied forces. The city has been reduced to rubble. Under a deal with the government, the militants agreed to leave east Aleppo in their thousands for Idlib province. But the destruction in Aleppo best symbolizes the destruction of the dreams of the militants’ Saudi patrons to become the dominant Arab and Muslim country in the world. The Saudis threw their full weight behind their proxies in Syria, supplying them huge quantities of sophisticated weapons and providing them with billions of dollars. The Saudis have openly stated that all their actions are aimed at containing the growing influence of Iran in the region.