Troop withdrawals

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 4, 2018 file photo, a U.S. soldier, left, sits on an armored vehicle behind a sand barrier at a newly installed position near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. The U.S. military said Friday it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump's demand for a complete military withdrawal. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
January 12, 2019 - 9:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump's demand for a complete military withdrawal. The announcement is fueling concern about how quickly the U.S. will abandon its Kurdish allies, amid...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)
January 12, 2019 - 8:57 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) says he's confident the United States and Turkey can agree on a way to protect Kurdish rebels in Syria after the American troop withdrawal. Pompeo has spoken to Turkey's foreign minister and says a possible...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 4, 2018 file photo, a U.S. position, installed near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. An American military official said Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 that the U.S.-led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
January 11, 2019 - 4:59 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Syrian state media are reporting that air defense units have responded to "hostile targets" near the capital of Damascus. State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 4, 2018 file photo, a U.S. soldier, left, sits on an armored vehicle behind a sand barrier at a newly installed position near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. The U.S. military said Friday it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump's demand for a complete military withdrawal. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
January 11, 2019 - 7:36 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — After days of back and forth over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pullout American troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday the process of withdrawal has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2017, file photo, Kurdish soldiers from the Anti-Terrorism Units, carry a blindfolded an Indonesian man suspected of Islamic State membership, at a security center, in Kobani, Syria. What to do with hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria has become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
January 09, 2019 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters have been captured in Syria, and what to do with them has become a problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull American troops from the country. An administration official said determining the fate of these prisoners, who...
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Afghan president's special peace envoy Mohammad Omer Daudzai speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Daudzai expressed hope Tuesday that the war that has ravaged Afghanistan for over 17-years and cost the United States an estimated one trillion dollars will end in 2019. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
January 09, 2019 - 7:15 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Afghan president's special peace envoy expressed hope Wednesday that the war that has ravaged this country for over 17 years and cost the United States about $1 trillion will end in 2019. However, Mohammad Omer Daudzai also cautioned there won't be peace until the Taliban, who...
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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, left, and his Turkish counterpart and senior adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin, right, talk at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Bolton has said he is trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria in the fight against the Islamic State group(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
January 08, 2019 - 12:18 pm
SHANNON, Ireland (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. national security adviser of making "a very serious mistake" Tuesday by demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria before the U.S. withdraws its troops from the war-torn country...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to reporters on his plane on his way to the Middle East, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)
January 08, 2019 - 9:34 am
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Trump administration is doubling down on commercial and diplomatic efforts in the coming weeks to "put real pressure on Iran," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the start of a Mideast tour Tuesday. Pompeo is meeting with U.S. allies in the region, including stops...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech to MPs of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Erdogan said Turkey's preparations for a new military offensive against terror groups in Syria are "to a large extent" complete. Erdogan made the comments just hours after U.S. national security adviser John Bolton met with Turkish officials seeking assurances that Turkey won't attack U.S-allied Kurdish militia in Syria. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
January 08, 2019 - 6:42 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on White House national security adviser John Bolton's Mideast trip (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggests that officials within the U.S. administration may be trying to obstruct a "clear agreement" that he and President Donald...
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January 07, 2019 - 8:39 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds are awaiting clarifications from the U.S. over America's plans to pull out its troops from Syria following comments made by a top White House aide that appeared to contradict earlier comments by President Donald Trump, a Syrian Kurdish official said Monday. Speaking to...
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