Troop withdrawals

In this Jan. 29, 2019, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Senate has voted 68-23 to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. The amendment from McConnell says Islamic State and al-Qaida militants still pose a serious threat to the United States and warns that “a precipitous withdrawal” of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan could allow the groups to regroup and destabilize the countries. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 31, 2019 - 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Senate voted 68-23 Thursday to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. The amendment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell comes after Trump called for a drawdown of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, photo, Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers carry out an exercise during a live firing at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Trump administration claims of progress in talks with the Taliban have sparked fears even among allies of the president that his impatience with the war in Afghanistan will lead him to withdraw troops too soon, leaving the country at risk of returning to the same volatile condition that prompted the invasion in the first place. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
January 30, 2019 - 9:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration claims of progress in talks with the Taliban have sparked fears even among the president's allies that his impatience with the war in Afghanistan will lead him to withdraw troops too soon, leaving the country at risk of returning to the same volatile condition...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2001 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, then Deputy ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, gives an interview in Islamabad, Pakistan. Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban said Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, that they are not seeking a monopoly on power in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions. The comments were provided to The Associated Press in an audio message from Qatar. (AP Photo/Tariq Aziz)
January 30, 2019 - 8:42 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a "monopoly on power" in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions — the most conciliatory statement to date from the militants. The statement came amid intensified U.S.-led...
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In this photo released by the Afghan Presidential Palace, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, speaks to U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, third left, at the presidential palace in Kabul. Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. The Afghan president's office said Monday that Khalilzad shared details of his recent talks with the Taliban in Qatar with Ghani and other Afghan government officials. A statement from the office quotes Khalilzad as saying he held talks about a cease-fire with the Taliban but that there has been no progress yet on that issue. (Afghan Presidential Palace via AP)
January 28, 2019 - 1:20 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Negotiators for the U.S. and the Taliban insurgents have reached "agreements in principle" on key issues for a peace deal that would end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. envoy said Monday. The statement by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad followed six days of talks...
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Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the militant Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Al-Khazali said Monday that he expects a vote by the Iraqi parliament calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country within the next few months. Al-Khazali said there is no longer a justification for thousands of U.S. troops in the country after the Islamic State group has been defeated. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
January 28, 2019 - 8:53 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — The leader of one of the most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq said Monday that he expects a vote in the coming months by Iraq's parliament calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, underscoring the jostling for power between Iran and the U.S. in this key Middle...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2009, file photo, Zalmay Khalilzad, special adviser on reconciliation, speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad said Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, that "significant progress" was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country's destructive 17-year war. Khalilzad said on his official Twitter account that he wants to build on six days of meetings in Doha, the capital of Qatar. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
January 26, 2019 - 12:57 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that "significant progress" was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country's destructive 17-year war. Zalmay Khalilzad said...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, gestures as Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to him during a joint news conference following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Russia and Turkey are jockeying for clout in Syria as the U.S. plans to withdraw its troops from the country. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
January 26, 2019 - 10:04 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria called on Turkey on Saturday to withdraw its troops from Syria's northern territories and end support for armed opposition groups in order to revive a two-decade-old bilateral security agreement. Russia has encouraged Turkey and Syria to refer to the 1998 treaty to deal...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 file photo, Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, participates in a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Afghanistan's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, urged the world not to give up on his impoverished country, which has struggled with corruption, political instability and a long Taliban insurgency. He told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: "Don't lose patience. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
January 23, 2019 - 7:37 am
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Afghanistan's chief executive is urging the world not to give up on his impoverished country after the Trump administration suggested the United States could withdraw troops. Afghanistan has struggled with corruption, political instability and a long Taliban insurgency,...
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This frame grab from video provided by Hawar News, ANHA, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows Kurdish fighters standing guard at the site of a suicide attack near the town of Shaddadeh, in Syria's northeastern province of Hassakeh, Syria, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The state news agency SANA and the Kurdish Hawar news agency, said that the blast was a suicide bombing that targeted a Syrian Kurdish checkpoint. (ANHA via AP)
January 21, 2019 - 3:06 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than a week and further highlighting the dangers surrounding U.S. plans to withdraw forces after a declaration...
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President Donald Trump salutes as a U.S. Navy carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Wirtz, a civilian and former Navy SEAL from St. Louis, Mo., was killed Jan. 16, 2019, in a suicide bomb attack in Manbij, Syria. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
January 19, 2019 - 9:54 pm
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain's prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a suicide bomb attack in Syria. The...
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