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US Syria Withdrawal Risks Vital Strategic Interests

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment and likely put at risk vital national security interests, according to some analysts. “I guess the problem is that whereas our involvement doesn’t necessarily make things better, our lack of involvement doesn’t either,” said Mark Katz, ...

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Biggest Great White Shark on Record Thrills Divers off Hawaii

The biggest great white shark on record is visiting the American island state of Hawaii, divers say. A group of divers monitoring the carcass of a sperm whale off the coast of Oahu say they have gone swimming with the massive predator, and that based on the size and the markings, the shark is known as “Deep Blue,” one of the largest great whites ...

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Pakistan Trying to Arrange US-Taliban Meeting

Pakistan has intensified efforts to keep the U.S.-led dialogue with the Afghan Taliban on track by attempting to arrange a meeting between the ...

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US Envoy: Taliban Must Engage Afghan Government

A high-level U.S. diplomat responsible for negotiations with the Taliban made it clear the insurgent group would have to engage with the Afghan ...

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Erdogan says Discussed Turkey Setting up Safe Zone in Syria with Trump

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he had discussed a safe zone which Turkey would set up inside Syria along the length of their border, during ...

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Trump Warns Turkey of Economic Devastation if It Attacks Kurds in Syria

President Donald Trump is warning Turkey it would face economic devastation if it strikes at the Kurds when U.S. forces pull out of ...

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Pompeo Pledges Continued Islamic State Fight After US Troop Withdrawal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that although the United States is withdrawing its forces from Syria, it remains committed to fighting Islamic State militants and preventing the group from growing. "We are going to do it in a way ...

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Trump, California Spar Over Money for Wildfire Relief Funds

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management. Trump once again suggested poor forest management is to blame for California’s deadly wildfires and said he’s ordered the Federal Emergency ...

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Pompeo Meets Top Iraqi Officials During Unannounced Visit to Baghdad

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with top Iraqi officials Wednesday during an unannounced visit to Baghdad. Pompeo's visit coincided with the anniversary of the Iraqi national police force. A police band serenaded Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who presided over the celebration before meeting Pompeo in private. A spokesman for the ...

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Pompeo Meets With Iraqi Leaders on Unannounced Visit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit Wednesday to Iraq where he met with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and other ...

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US: Airstrikes in Somalia Kill 4 al-Shabab Extremists

The United States military says it has carried out two airstrikes in Somalia that killed four al-Shabab extremists. The U.S. Africa Command ...

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Framework for US Withdrawal from Syria 'Approved'

U.S. forces in Syria have a plan in place for their much talked about withdrawal, but it will likely not see all of them leave the fight against the Islamic State terror group anytime soon. The 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria as part of the fight ...

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Decorated Navy Veteran Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of War Crimes

Edward Gallagher, a decorated Navy veteran, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of war crimes while serving in Iraq. Gallagher entered his plea at an arraignment Friday at Naval Base San Diego. Military prosecutors say Gallagher, a Navy SEAL, was on his eighth tour of duty, serving in Mosul, Iraq, in 2017 when he snapped. They accuse ...

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Climbing the Hill: New Legislators Are Sworn In

Editor's note: Voice of America is following two new U.S. lawmakers -- Democratic Representative Katie Porter, representing California's 45th congressional district, and Republican Representative Pete Stauber, representing Minnesota's 8th congressional district -- as they learn the ropes as freshman lawmakers in the 116th U.S. Congress. Through ...

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Navy SEAL to Plead Not Guilty to Murder Charge of IS Teen

A decorated Navy SEAL is facing charges of premediated murder and numerous other offenses in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017, along with the shooting of unarmed Iraqi ...

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Pakistan Welcomes Trump's Remarks on Resuming Political Contacts

Pakistan has responded positively to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that he intends to resume the leadership-level contacts between the two ...

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Trump Criticizes Military Commanders, Allies and Bemoans ‘Endless Wars’

U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed Syria as nothing but “sand and death,” defending his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the country and ...

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Origin of Virus That Hobbled US Newspapers Still Unclear

The origins of a suspected computer attack that disrupted the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing newspapers remained unclear Sunday after causing delivery delays and being brought to the attention of federal investigators. San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher Jeff Light described the incident as “what now seems to have been a malicious attack ...

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Angered at Trump’s Visit, Some Iraqi Lawmakers Want U.S. Troops Out

A range of Iraqi politicians criticized President Trump over his surprise visit as an affront. The most strident critics were affiliated with Moktada al-Sadr, a nationalist Shiite cleric.

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Iraqi politicians, lawmakers denounce Trump visit, US troop presence

Several lawmakers and political parties in Iraq on Thursday demanded the departure of American troops from their country.

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ISIS claims deadly bombing in Iraq

Three people were killed and 13 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in an outdoor market in the city of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq on Tuesday, ...

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White House Mulls New Year Executive Order to Bar Huawei, ZTE Purchases

President Donald Trump is considering an executive order in the new year to declare a national emergency that would bar U.S. companies from using ...

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Trump Returns After Visiting Troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Thursday after making an unannounced trip to Iraq to visit U.S. troops stationed there. "Just ...

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Regional Players Prepare for Imminent US Pullout from Syria

Major players in and around Syria have started positioning their forces as discussions get under way on how to proceed once U.S. forces vacate the ...

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US Defense Chief’s Resignation Stirs Doubts in Asia about Help Resisting China

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Vietnam twice this year and suggested in October stronger relations as China bears down on Vietnamese maritime claims. In the Philippines a month later, Mattis swore to uphold a decades-old military alliance that helps Manila resist China. A U.S. naval ship passes through the South China Sea every couple ...

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US Allies Reeling from ‘Trump Withdrawal’ Scramble in Syria

British and French officials are scrambling to determine how they can maintain military pressure on the Islamic State terror group once the United States has pulled out its ground forces from northeast Syria. Both countries have said they plan to continue airstrikes and ground operations in Syria, but the timing and scope of the U.S. withdrawal, ...

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Federal Shutdown Compounds Risks for US Economy 

Now in its 10th year, America's economic expansion still looks sturdy. Yet the partial shutdown of the government that began Saturday has added another threat to a growing list of risks.    The stock market's persistent fall, growing chaos in the ...

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