Troop withdrawals

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence arrive with turkey to serve to troops at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The visit is Pence’s first to Iraq and comes nearly one year since President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to the country. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 23, 2019 - 9:40 pm
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence worked to reassure the United States’ Kurdish allies in an unannounced trip to Iraq on Saturday, the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces in Syria two months ago. Flying in a C-17 military cargo...
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Comrades cover the coffin of Said Abdel Ahad, a Christian fighter of the Syriac Military Council, during his funeral in Hassakeh, Syria, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Ahad was killed in Turkish offensive near Tal Tamr. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
November 23, 2019 - 8:08 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — A car bomb exploded in a Turkey-controlled northern Syrian town on the border Saturday, killing at least three people, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, put the death toll from the explosion in Tal Abyad at nine,...
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Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill addresses the media at a U.S. military base at undisclosed location in Northeastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Hill told The Associated Press on Friday, Nov. 15, that Islamic State militants remain “a global threat” and that the partnership with the Kurds and international action is still needed against it. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
November 15, 2019 - 11:22 am
ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back...
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In this image fro video, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah., speaks on the Senate floor, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington. (Senate television via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 6:31 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 1:30 a.m. Friday Republican Sen. Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria "will stand as a bloodstain in the annals of American history." The Utah senator took to the Senate...
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Local residents cheer, as Turkish army tanks are transported on trucks in the outskirts of the town of Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at he border of Syria, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, heading a delegation that includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, arrived in Turkey on Thursday, a day after Trump dismissed the very crisis he sent his aides on an emergency mission to douse.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
October 17, 2019 - 4:26 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:25 p.m. The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomes any effort to de-escalate the situation in northeastern Syria and protect civilians. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a brief...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the U.S. ambassador's residence during a news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after their meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Ankara, Turkey. Pence says the U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 17, 2019 - 2:58 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks' attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to allow the Kurds to withdraw to roughly 20 miles away from the Turkish border. The arrangement appeared to be a significant embrace of Turkey's position...
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from fires in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Wednesday on Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 16, 2019 - 10:34 pm
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a community event, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
October 16, 2019 - 7:56 pm
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Seeking to leverage his experience in foreign policy, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday ripped Donald Trump's withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Syria as the latest proof that the president is a "complete failure" who is gutting American...
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, stands as Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, speaks with reporters after a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 16, 2019 - 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A "dark day." A "betrayal." The "biggest mistake of this presidency," and "really delusional." And that was President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans. Trump's decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria — triggering a deadly Turkish invasion targeting the U.S.'s...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 16, 2019 - 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against IS extremists. Hours later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a...
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