{FD} Veterans turned congressmen push for DOJ investigation into Assad’s targeting of US troops

Two House lawmakers and combat veterans are leading a bipartisan effort urging the Justice Department to open an investigation into the role the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, played in targeting American troops during the war in Iraq.

{FD} Trump threatens Jerusalem opponents with US funding cutoff

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to cut off U.S. funding to countries that support a resolution criticizing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

{FD} Israel, US team up to block UN vote on Jerusalem

Israel is intensively lobbying countries around the world to oppose a U.N. resolution criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israeli officials said Wednesday.

{FD} Saudi, Lebanon diplomats caught in diplomatic tussle

Lebanon’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and his Saudi counterpart are caught in what appears to be a diplomatic tussle over representation, with each country delaying accreditation of the other’s diplomat, though both were named months ago.

{FD} The Latest: Palestinian leader in Saudi Arabia amid turmoil

The Latest on developments related to the U.S. recognition of the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (all times local): 3 p.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman and his heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, following a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

{FD} Egyptian forces clash with militants near Sinai airport

Egyptian officials say security forces have clashed with Islamic militants near the airport of the northern Sinai city of el-Arish, killing five of them a day after a missile hit the facility during a visit by the defense and interior ministers.

{FD} Turkish FM will vote on Jerusalem at UN General Assembly

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says he will travel to New York with his Palestinian counterpart to attend the U.N. General Assembly vote seeking to reject President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

{FD} Turkey’s leader slams UAE over ‘forefathers’ retweet

Turkey’s president is railing against the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister, who retweeted a post that accused the Turkish leader’s Ottoman “forefathers” of mistreating Arabs and stealing manuscripts from the holy city of Medina.

{FD} Vatican envoy: Unilateral moves on Jerusalem threaten peace

The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land says the status of Jerusalem should not be altered by “unilateral decisions,” amid protests over the U.S. recognition of the contested city as Israel’s capital.