Troop withdrawals

President Donald Trump walks on stage to speak at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 06, 2019 - 10:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw U.S...
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President Donald Trump walks on stage to speak at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 06, 2019 - 4:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw U.S...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Kosovo's Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, between them, after a family photo during the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting, at the State Department, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 06, 2019 - 2:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — America will not cede leadership of the fight against the Islamic State group, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, as he tried to allay fears that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw forces from Syria could imperil gains against the militants there and in...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seated before a meeting for the Syria Small Group during the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting, at the State Department, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 06, 2019 - 12:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — America will not cede leadership of the fight against the Islamic State group, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, as he tried to allay fears that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw forces from Syria could imperil gains against the militants there and...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seated before a meeting for the Syria Small Group during the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting, at the State Department, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 06, 2019 - 11:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — America will not cede leadership of the fight against the Islamic State group, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, as he tried to allay fears that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw forces from Syria could imperil gains against the militants there and...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, shiite pilgrims pass a poster of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, as they head to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Baghdad, Iraq. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Al-Sistani, Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric, expressed his criticism of President Donald Trump's recent statement that U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. He is the latest Iraqi official to criticize Trump's remarks. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
February 06, 2019 - 9:41 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric on Wednesday joined a chorus of Iraqi politicians and clerics criticizing recent statements by President Donald Trump in which he said U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Iraq aspires...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, shiite pilgrims pass a poster of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, as they head to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Baghdad, Iraq. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Al-Sistani, Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric, expressed his criticism of President Donald Trump's recent statement that U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. He is the latest Iraqi official to criticize Trump's remarks. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
February 06, 2019 - 9:21 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric on Wednesday joined a chorus of Iraqi politicians and clerics criticizing recent statements by President Donald Trump in which he said U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Iraq aspires...
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Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, meets with visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
February 06, 2019 - 8:56 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric on Wednesday joined a chorus of Iraqi politicians and clerics criticizing recent statements by President Donald Trump in which he said U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Iraq aspires...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham talks after signing an executive order for state agencies to aggressive pursue strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Santa Fe, N.M. Grisham ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in a move that challenges President Donald Trump's description of a security crisis. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)
February 05, 2019 - 10:08 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the partial...
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U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel speaks at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 05, 2019 - 3:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the...
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