Troop withdrawals

In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Turkey launched a military operation Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syria's northern border.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 09, 2019 - 11:15 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on Turkish offensive in Syria (all times local): 6 a.m. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he's worried Turkey's campaign in Syria will lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State group. He told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday that he was "deeply...
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Deputy Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, Mark Etherington, second right, and other members of OSCE walk through a street near a frontline in Petrovske, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. At least one Ukrainian police officer has been injured in scuffles between police and activists who have arrived to the frontline in eastern Ukraine to derail the pullback of government forces. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)
October 09, 2019 - 10:09 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A much-anticipated pullback of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine was derailed on Wednesday after both sides traded accusations of breaking the cease-fire. Both Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists were expected to withdraw heavy weaponry from two locations...
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A man holds a Turkish flag at the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. The Turkey - Syria border has became a hot spot as Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Turkey was intent on combatting the threat of Syrian Kurdish fighters across its border in Syria.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 08, 2019 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a span of 24 hours, President Donald Trump moved from threatening to obliterate Turkey's economy if it invades Syria to inviting its president to visit the White House. But Trump did not back away Tuesday from a plan to withdraw American troops from Syria as he tried to...
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President Donald Trump speaks after a signing ceremony for a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 08, 2019 - 5:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from "endless war" in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. Trump...
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In this image provided by Hawar News Agency, ANHA, U.S. military vehicles travel down a main road in northeast Syria, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces in Syria said American troops began withdrawing Monday from their positions along Turkey's border in northeastern Syria, ahead of an anticipated Turkish invasion that the Kurds say will overturn five years of achievements in the battle against the Islamic State group. (ANHA via AP)
October 07, 2019 - 7:36 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault. Syrian Kurdish fighters...
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In this Sept. 21, 2019, photo, released by the U.S. Army, a U.S. soldier oversees members of the Syrian Democratic Forces as they demolish a Kurdish fighters' fortification and raise a Tal Abyad Military Council flag over the outpost as part of the so-called "safe zone" near the Turkish border. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Goedl via AP)
September 28, 2019 - 2:58 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's top diplomat on Saturday demanded the immediate withdrawal of American and Turkish forces from the country and said his government reserves the right to defend its territory in any way necessary if they remain. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem's remarks to the United...
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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to North Carolina. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 09, 2019 - 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now "dead," President Donald Trump declared Monday, two days after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America's longest war. Trump's remark to reporters at the White House...
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Afghan army soldiers arrive at the site of a car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. A large car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a part of eastern Kabul near a neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
September 05, 2019 - 2:51 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Taliban attack in Kabul (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Officials close to the U.S.-Taliban negotiations on Afghanistan say U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has returned to Qatar, where he has been holding talks with the militant group on ending America's...
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Resolute Support (RS) forces remove a damaged vehicle after a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. A car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a part of eastern Kabul near a neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
September 05, 2019 - 6:26 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide car bomb rocked Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 10 civilians in a busy diplomatic area that includes the U.S. Embassy — the second such attack this week that underscored Afghan government warnings that a preliminary U.S.-Taliban deal on ending America...
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Presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. A U.S. envoy showed the draft of a U.S.-Taliban agreement to Afghan leaders on Monday after declaring they were “at the threshold” of a deal to end America’s longest war, officials said. Seddiqi told reporters the Afghan government likely would take a “couple of days” to study the deal to make sure it addresses the government’s main goals of a lasting cease-fire and direct talks with the Taliban in the near future. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
September 04, 2019 - 1:57 pm
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he's not ready to publicly discuss how a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would begin under a peace deal with the Taliban. "Negotiations in some ways are still ongoing," he told reporters traveling with him to Europe...
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