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Syria war: US victims of Manbij 'IS suicide bomber' named

A cryptologist, a soldier and a civilian were among victims of the suicide bombing at a restaurant.

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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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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, but it will also likely put at risk ...

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Four Americans Were Killed in a Syrian City That Seemed Safe — Until It Wasn’t

In Manbij, Syria, U.S. officials would walk through the market and eat at restaurants. Then on Jan. 16, a suicide bomber killed four Americans and at ...

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Syria attack: Will the US fight back or withdraw faster?

ISIS has claimed responsiblity for a lethal attack on US troops and Syrian civilians in Manbij, Syria. Now Trump must decide what that means for his ...

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Vice-President Pence says IS defeated despite Syria attack

US Vice-President Mike Pence made the claim on the same day as an apparent suicide bombing in Manbij.

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Syria war: 'IS suicide bomber' kills US troops in Manbij

Civilians also die in an apparent suicide bombing in the Kurdish-held northern town of Manbij.

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Video Shows Deadly Blast in Syria

The attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State, occurred at a restaurant in Manbij, northern Syria, frequented by American troops. Warning: video includes scenes of graphic violence.

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Netanyahu: Israel struck Iranian weapons depot at Damascus airport

In a rare acknowledgment of Israeli operations in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country's air force struck Syria over the weekend.

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Syria war: Displaced babies die due to freezing weather

Thirteen displaced infants have died recently due to the bitter cold and inadequate medical care.

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Syria war: Turkey ready to create 'safe zone' for Kurds - Erdogan

Turkey's president responds positively to Donald Trump's call for a "safe zone" in Kurdish-held Syria.

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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 a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump which he described as positive. Trump, who announced he was pulling U.S. troops out of northeast Syria last month, suggested in a tweet on Sunday ...

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Turkey dismisses Trump threat to economy over Syrian Kurds

The US president has vowed to "devastate" Turkey's economy if it attacks Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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Trump vows to ‘devastate’ Turkish economy if U.S.-backed Kurds are attacked

The tweet complicated State Department negotiations over withdrawal from Syria.

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Taliban Official Tells VOA Peace Talks With US Stalled

The fledgling U.S.-initiated dialogue with the Taliban, aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, has come to a halt, an insurgent spokesperson said ...

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Pompeo in Saudi Arabia to Discuss Khashoggi's Death, Alliance Against Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia where he is expected to demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalists murdered ...

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Pompeo: Saudi Leaders Committed to Accountability in Khashoggi Killing

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman acknowledge "accountability needs to take place" in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo spoke Monday after meeting with the Saudi leaders in Riyadh. The top U.S. diplomat said both the king and crown prince "reiterated their ...

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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 Syria.   "Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey," Trump said in a tweet late Sunday. Without giving any further details, he wrote "Create 20 mile (32 kilometers) safe zone."   "Russia, Iran, and Syria ...

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Saudi Prince al-Faisal warns against US Syria pullout

A senior royal family member says US troop withdrawals will have a "very negative" impact on the Syrian people.

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Syria conflict: Pompeo 'optimistic' on deal to protect Kurds

The US secretary of state steps up diplomatic efforts with Turkey to protect Kurdish allies in Syria.

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Pompeo Confident of US Deal With Turkey to Protect Kurds

Despite Turkey’s vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to ...

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Trump Finding It Difficult to Stop 'Never-Ending Wars'

President Trump's plan to withdraw troops from Syria is underway, with the Pentagon confirming equipment has begun leaving the battlefield, but ...

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Teenager Captured With ISIS Fighters Is From Trinidad, Not the U.S., Officials Say

A 16-year-old caught on the front lines in Syria had been taken by his mother to the battle zone when he was 12, his sister and American officials ...

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News Analysis: As U.S. Exits Syria, Mideast Faces a Post-American Era

The pending withdrawal from Syria is the latest example of a broader American disengagement from the Middle East. Russia and Iran are filling the void.

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ISIS is far from being defeated as a fighting force or ideology

On December 19, President Trump declared: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency." US troops there, he said in a video the same day, are "all coming back, and they're coming back now."

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Eyeing Iran, US to Host Mideast Peace, Security Ministerial Meeting in Warsaw

With an eye on Iran, the United States and Poland will jointly host a ministerial meeting to promote peace and security in the Middle East. The international gathering will be held in Warsaw on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. “The ministerial will address a ...

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