Troop withdrawals

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 26, 2018 - 2:40 pm
AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Iraq (all times local): 10:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is defending his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria where they have been helping battle militants from the Islamic State group. While visiting troops in...
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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the five branches of the military by video conference on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in the Oval Office of the White House. The military members were stationed in Guam, Qatar, Alaska, and two groups in Bahrain. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 26, 2018 - 2:22 pm
AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday, leaving behind a partially shuttered U.S. government to greet American troops helping hold off extremists in a country where thousands of Americans died during the recent war. It comes a week after...
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December 26, 2018 - 9:07 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 - 9:54 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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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 - 8:43 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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Turkey's Defense Minister and former top army commander Hulusi Akar speaks about Turkish military's possible operation in Syria at the parliament in Ankara, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu 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 - 7:35 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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December 25, 2018 - 7:14 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments in, and related to, Syria (all times local): 2:10 p.m. A top Russian official says that Moscow expects that a hotline between Russia and the U.S. military will be kept in place despite the impending U.S. withdrawal from Syria. President Donald Trump announced...
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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 24, 2018 - 5:10 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish-backed fighters said Monday they are preparing to move into eastern Syria alongside Turkish troops once American forces withdraw and are already massing on the front line of a town held by Kurdish-led forces. The U.S. pullout will leave the oil-rich eastern third of Syria up...
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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 24, 2018 - 1:29 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish-backed Syrian fighters said Monday they are preparing to move into eastern Syria once American forces withdraw alongside Turkish troops already massing on the front line of a town held by Kurdish-led forces. The U.S. pullout will leave the oil-rich eastern third of Syria,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2018 file photo, then Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi, center, arrives to the parliament building, in the heavily guarded Green Zone, in Baghdad, Iraq. Abdul-Mahdi told reporters at a press conference on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, that his government could deploy troops inside Syria, in the latest fallout from the U.S. decision to withdraw from the war-torn country. The prime minister said his government is "considering all the options" to protect Iraq from threats across its borders. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
December 24, 2018 - 11:57 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops could deploy into neighboring Syria, Iraq's prime minister said Monday, in the latest fallout from the U.S. decision to withdraw from the war-torn country. Adel Abdul-Mahdi said his government was "considering all the options" to protect Iraq from threats across its...
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