Syria

U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington.
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February 05, 2019 - 10:37 am
By Matthew Lee, AP Diplomatic Writer 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...
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The Worldwide Threat Assessment, released by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Tuesday, also states that with the recent loss of territory, "ISIS will seek to exploit Sunni grievances, societal instability, and stretched security forces."
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January 29, 2019 - 11:07 am
By Zachary Cohen, CNN (CNN) -- Despite repeated claims by the Trump administration that ISIS has been defeated, US intelligence assesses that the terror group "very likely will continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries, including the United...
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President Donald Trump's shadow is shown on an American flag as he speaks before signing an executive order at the CPCC Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, N.C.
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January 28, 2019 - 10:02 am
By Deb Riechmann and Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country's global standing will deteriorate during the next year, according to new poll that...
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This frame grab from video provided by Hawar News, ANHA, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows Kurdish fighters standing guard at the site of a suicide attack near the town of Shaddadeh, Jan. 21, 2019.
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January 21, 2019 - 1:49 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than a week and further highlighting the dangers surrounding U.S. plans to withdraw forces after a declaration...
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Syria
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January 18, 2019 - 8:19 am
By Barbara Starr and Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN (CNN) -- The Department of Defense has identified three of the four Americans killed in Syria on Wednesday. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, of...
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Several casualities were reported after a bomb exploded in a Syrian city where US soldiers are deployed in the area, a militia controlling the city and a UK-based monitoring group said Wednesday.
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January 16, 2019 - 10:13 am
UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. ___ By Zachary Cohen, Veronica Stracqualursi and Kevin Liptak (CNN) — ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that killed U.S. service members in the Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday. U.S. service members were killed in the attack, according to a tweet from the...
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A U.S. soldier sits on an armored vehicle behind a sand barrier near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
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January 11, 2019 - 9:52 am
By Philip Issa and Zeina Karam, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out American troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday that the withdrawal process has begun, declining to comment...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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January 10, 2019 - 1:43 pm
CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies on Thursday, accusing the former president of "misguided" and "wishful" thinking that diminished America's role in the region, harmed its longtime friends and emboldened its...
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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.
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January 08, 2019 - 9:50 am
By Zeke Miller, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria was apparently rebuffed by Turkey's president who said Tuesday there would be "no concession" in Ankara's push against what he describes as terror...
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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, seated front row forth from left, participates in a virtual reality demonstration at the Western Wall on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Jerusalem.
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January 06, 2019 - 2:31 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide said Sunday, signaling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed...
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