Syria

Pentagon official: 120-day Syria withdrawal plan aims to please Trump 'and not get everyone killed'
Jacquelyn Martin/AP
January 02, 2019 - 4:04 pm
By Jake Tapper, Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent (CNN) — Pentagon officials told President Donald Trump that his order to withdraw troops from Syria within 30 days was physically impossible without significant risk to U.S. forces, multiple informed sources tell CNN, and the new 120-day...
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, after his meeting with President Donald Trump, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo
December 31, 2018 - 7:08 am
By Zeke Miller, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday. "I think we're in a pause situation," the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military as they arrive for a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.
Andrew Harnik/AP
December 27, 2018 - 6:17 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces. "Arrogant" and "a violation of national sovereignty"...
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Israeli Air Force acrobatic team flies during a graduation ceremony for new pilots in Hatserim air force base near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.
AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
December 26, 2018 - 8:25 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the Hezbollah militant group. Russia had criticized the airstrike, saying it endangered...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
December 26, 2018 - 5:05 pm
AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — In a surprise trip to Iraq, President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria where they have been helping battle Islamic State militants. "We're no longer the suckers, folks," Trump told American servicemen and women at a base...
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In this April 9, 2018, file photo, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, in Washington.
Evan Vucci/AP Photo, File
December 24, 2018 - 11:41 am
UPDATED: 9:20 p.m. ___ WASHINGTON (AP) — The departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in a week will thrust President Donald Trump's largely unknown choice for acting Pentagon chief into the military hot seat and shift attention to the search for a permanent replacement who will probably face...
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President Donald Trump talks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
atyana Zenkovich/pool photo via AP
December 21, 2018 - 10:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was made hastily, without consulting his national security team or allies, and over strong objections from virtually everyone involved in the fight against the Islamic State, according to U.S. and Turkish...
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US preparing for 'full' and 'rapid' withdrawal from Syria
Hussein Malla/AP
December 20, 2018 - 9:39 am
By Kevin Liptak, CNN (CNN) -- Seated at the head of his Situation Room conference table, President Donald Trump was adamant: American troops must come home from Syria. He had just announced as much to a crowd in Ohio. The assembled military and national security advisers told him the move was rash...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meets with Democratic leaders the Oval Office in Washington.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
December 20, 2018 - 8:05 am
By Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Against the advice of many in his own administration, President Donald Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. Could a withdrawal from Afghanistan be far behind? Trump has said his instinct is to quit Afghanistan as a lost cause, but...
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomes Vice President Mike Pence to the Pentagon, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
December 19, 2018 - 10:18 am
By Lolita Baldor, Susannah George and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press 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...
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