Troop withdrawals

December 20, 2018 - 8:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration's policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than 17 years of war...
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This photo provided by Ronahi TV, a Kurdish television channel, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Kurdish protesters holding portraits of loved ones who died fighting the Islamic State group, during a protest outside a U.S.-led coalition base, in Jalabiya village, southeast of Kobani, Syria, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Thousands of Syrians have gathered to protest Turkish threats of an imminent offensive. (Ronahi TV via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 11:34 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria (all times local): 7:30 a.m. The political coordinator at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations says the United States remains committed to the permanent destruction of the Islamic State group and...
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In this April 4, 2018 photo, a U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council soldier, left, speaks with a U.S. soldier, at a U.S. position near the tense front line with Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij town, north Syria. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria has rattled Washington's Kurdish allies, who are its most reliable partner in Syria and among the most effective ground forces battling the Islamic State group. Kurds in northern Syria said commanders and fighters met into the night, discussing their response to the surprise announcement Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 20, 2018 - 7:58 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The United States' main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump's claim that Islamic State militants have been defeated, but Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Trump's decision to withdraw forces from Syria, saying he agreed a U.S. military...
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, rushes to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at day's end on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Amid the news that President Donald Trump is pulling all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, Graham said he was "blindsided" by the report and called the decision "a disaster in the making." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 19, 2018 - 5:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pulling all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, officials announced Wednesday as the president suddenly declared victory over the Islamic State, contradicting his own experts' assessments and sparking surprise and outrage from his party's lawmakers who called...
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December 19, 2018 - 8:55 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The latest talks between the Taliban and a U.S. peace envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces, a Taliban spokesman said Wednesday. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who...
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Head of delegation for rebel forces known as Houthis, Mohammed Amdusalem, right, and Yemen Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yaman, left, shake hands together with UN Secretary Geleral Antonio Guterres, during the Yemen peace talks closing press conference at the Johannesberg castle in Rimbo north of Stockholm, Sweden, Thurday Dec. 13, 2018. The United Nations secretary general on Thursday announced that Yemen's warring sides have agreed after week-long peace talks in Sweden to a province-wide cease-fire in Hodeida. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News agency via AP)
December 13, 2018 - 1:33 pm
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed Thursday to an immediate cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida, where fighting has disrupted vital aid deliveries and left the country on the brink of starvation in the 4-year-old civil war . The agreement includes a withdrawal of...
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A South Korean army soldier stands guard at the South's dismantled guard post inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Dec. 12, 2018. Dozens of South Korean soldiers visited former front-line North Korean guard posts on Wednesday to verify their recent removal as part of warming diplomacy by the rival Koreas while U.S.-North Korea nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)
December 12, 2018 - 2:37 am
INSIDE THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE (AP) — Dozens of North and South Korean soldiers crossed over the world's most heavily armed border Wednesday as they inspected the sites of their rival's front-line guard posts to verify they'd been removed, part of inter-Korean engagement efforts that come amid...
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U.S. Border Patrol agents stand in front of a secondary fence in San Diego, California looking across border wall toward Mexico as they respond to a group of Central American migrants who crossed the border wall illegally, seen from across the wall in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many Central American migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall illegally and hand themselves in to Border Patrol agents to request asylum. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
December 10, 2018 - 1:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Donald Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central American migrants, U.S. officials said Monday. About 2,200 of the active duty...
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November 21, 2018 - 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea will scale back a major military exercise next spring to avoid setting back diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the exercise, known as Foal Eagle and...
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The al-Tanf military outpost in southern Syria where U.S. Gen. Joseph Votel, top U.S. commander in the Middle East, made an unannounced visit Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The U.S. trains Syrian opposition forces at the garrison outpost. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)
October 22, 2018 - 4:57 pm
AL-TANF, Syria (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East made an unannounced visit Monday to a key military outpost in southern Syria, pressing the need for a continued U.S. presence there to root out remaining Islamic State fighters and serve as leverage against growing Iranian activity in...
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