Trump briefed on ongoing situation in Syria:White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation in Syria, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday after a blast struck near a U.S.-led coalition patrol that a war monitor said killed 16 people. “The president has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria,” […]

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Amid confusion over Syria withdrawal, Pompeo to Middle East to reassure US partners

With statements from National Security Adviser John Bolton contradicting President Donald Trump creating more confusion about whether the U.S. is withdrawing its 2,000 troops from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to the Middle East for a whirlwind tour to reassure partners that the U.S. will remain a presence in the region. Trump declared in December that ISIS […]

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No timeline for US withdrawal from Syria, State Dept. says

As of now, there’s “no timeline for military forces to withdraw” from Syria, a senior State Department official said Friday, adding to the repeatedly changing administration accounts concerning President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to pull all U.S. troops out of the war-ravaged country. Interested in Syria? At the same time, officials reiterated the Trump administration “does not intend to have […]

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Pompeo Says U.S. Still Committed to Israel Despite Syria Move

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the U.S. remains committed to Israel’s security and stability in the broader Middle East after President Donald Trump provoked concerns of new chaos when he abruptly ordered U.S. troops out of Syria. Trump’s decision “in no way changes anything that this administration is working on alongside Israel,” Pompeo told reporters Tuesday as he met […]

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Trump Defends Syria Exit as Putin and Erdogan Fill a U.S. Void

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt change in policy harms U.S. interests and cedes influence to Russia and Iran. “I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places,” Trump said Monday on Twitter. “Now when […]

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Syria Troop Withdrawal Will Be Slowed, Sen. Graham Says After Meeting With Trump

Top Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says President Donald Trump remains committed to defeating Islamic State (IS) in Syria, and ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of US forces in the war ravaged country. The South Carolina lawmaker revealed this after a White House meeting with Trump on Sunday. Graham, who had criticized Trump’s decision earlier this month to call back […]

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Syrian Army Advances as Russia, Allies Position for U.S. Pullout

Syrian government forces rolled into a key region held by U.S.-backed Kurds, winning praise from Russia and heading off a threatened Turkish advance as Moscow and its allies move quickly to fill the void left by a planned U.S. pullout. Syria’s army command said its units entered the Manbij area at the request of its residents, according to state television. […]

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Turkey says the US just agreed to more of its demands as Ankara sees expanded power in Syria

Turkey’s foreign minister said Tuesday the U.S. had agreed to complete its previously established “roadmap” to remove all Kurdish militia fighters from the Northern Syrian town of Manbij before U.S. forces clear out. Last week, Turkish President Recep Erdogan threatened to attack Manbij to “cleanse” it of the Kurds, whom he called terrorists — a move the Pentagon has called […]

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