Troop withdrawals

December 31, 2018 - 2:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Syria (all times local): 3:20 p.m. President Donald Trump's national security adviser will be traveling to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss what the White House says is the "deliberate and coordinated" withdrawal of U.S. forces...
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FILE- In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal reacts during an interview with The Associated Press in New York. The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says that withdrawing up to half the 14,000 American troops serving there reduces the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal after more than 17 years of war. McChrystal says on ABC’s “This Week” that the U.S. has “basically traded away the biggest leverage point we have.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 30, 2018 - 11:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Sunday that withdrawing up to half the 14,000 American troops serving there would reduce the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal after more than 17 years of war. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said the U.S. has "...
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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar shake hands during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (Vadim Savitsky, Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
December 29, 2018 - 10:36 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian and Turkish ministers agreed during a meeting in Moscow on Saturday to maintain cooperation in northern Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw and Turkey threatens to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling nearly a third of the country...
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In this March 29, 2018 photo, a Syrian student walks next a wall with Arabic that reads: "We will not emigrate we will confront, no to the Turkish occupation," in Manbij, north Syria. On Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, Syria's military said it entered the flashpoint Kurdish-held town of Manbij, where Turkey has threatened an offensive -- a claim that was refuted by U.S. troops who patrol the town. The announcement and the conflicting reports reflect the potential for chaos in the wake of the U.S. surprise decision to withdraw troops from Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 28, 2018 - 3:40 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military said Friday it had entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a threatened Turkish offensive as U.S. troops prepare to leave Syria. Turkey and American troops patrolling the...
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This photo released on the Facebook page of the Military Council of Manbij City, shows U.S. troops based around the Syrian town of Manbij speaking with residents, in northern Syria, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (The Military Council of Manbij City via AP)
December 28, 2018 - 12:01 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters say their forces are on alert and ready for an offensive in a flashpoint Kurdish-held town after Syrian troops announced that they have entered it and raised the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. President Donald Trump tells troops serving in Iraq that he got them their first pay raise in 10 years and it’s a big one. No, and not exactly. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 27, 2018 - 10:54 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces. "Arrogant" and "a violation of national sovereignty"...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. President Donald Trump, who is visiting Iraq, says he has 'no plans at all' to remove US troops from the country. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 27, 2018 - 12:24 pm
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland (AP) — President Donald Trump once opined that it wasn't "overly necessary" for him to visit troops in danger zones abroad. But with the lights of Air Force One out and window shutters drawn, the president did just that, slipping into Iraq at night to greet U.S. service...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. In a surprise trip to Iraq, President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria where they have been helping battle Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 26, 2018 - 6:41 pm
AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump staunchly defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from neighboring Syria despite a drumbeat of criticism from military officials and allies who don't think the job fighting Islamic State militants...
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December 26, 2018 - 9:09 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over the areas where the U.S. troops are currently deployed following their withdrawal. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova emphasized that the territories in eastern Syria should be handed...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party's MPs at the parliament in Ankara, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Erdogan said Turkey was taking into account Trump's announcement on Syria rather than French President Emmanuel Macron's decision. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said Tuesday Turkey is working with the United States to coordinate the withdrawal of American forces but remains "determined" to clear U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
December 25, 2018 - 8:54 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Tuesday it is working with the United States to coordinate the withdrawal of American forces but remains "determined" to clear U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that "if Turkey says it will enter, it...
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