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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. On Friday, Nov., 13, 2020, China has become one of the last major governments to congratulate Joe Biden on being elected U.S. president. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Trump aims to box in Biden abroad, but it may not work

Nov. 23, 2020 12:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On its way out the door, the Trump administration is enacting new rules, regulations and orders that it hopes will box in President-elect Joe Biden's administration on numerous foreign policy matters and cement President Donald Trump’s “America First” legacy in...

Chief Afghan peace envoy says US troops pulling out too soon

Nov. 21, 2020 8:23 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Afghanistan's chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah said Saturday that the U.S. decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has come too soon, as his country is still struggling to attain peace and security amid an ongoing conflict. In an interview with The Associated Press,...

Editorial Roundup: US

Nov. 18, 2020 4:33 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Nov. 17 The Minneapolis Star-Tribune on a recent judicial decision expanding courtroom access in the George Floyd case: Although Minnesota prosecutors are unhappy about the change, Minnesotans should applaud a recent judicial decision to allow...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2017, file photo, a patrolling U.S. armored vehicle is reflected in the mirror of a car in Kabul, Afghanistan. An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, has rattled both allies and adversaries and raised fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the Islamic State affiliate in the country to try to regroup in a lawless Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US withdrawal rattles Afghan allies and adversaries alike

Nov. 18, 2020 2:52 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington this week, has rattled both allies and adversaries. There are fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the local Islamic State affiliate to regroup and perhaps even try to...

In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, image taken from a video provided by Defense.gov Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller speaks at the Pentagon in Washington. Miller said Tuesday that the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home from America's long wars even as Republicans and U.S. allies warn of the dangers of withdrawing before conditions are right. (Defense.gov via AP)

Acting Pentagon chief cites risks during troop reductions

Nov. 18, 2020 2:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coming period of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq is “fraught with risk,” but the military will not hesitate to strike back if extremists attempt to undermine the transition to a smaller U.S. force in those countries, the newly installed acting secretary...

An army soldier inspects the scene of the rocket attack at the gate of al-Zawra public park in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Rockets struck Iraq's capital on Tuesday with four landing inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, Iraq's military said, killing a child and wounding at least five people, signaling an end to an informal truce announced by Iran-backed militias in October.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi FM condemns Baghdad rocket attack as 'terrorist act'

Nov. 18, 2020 9:09 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister Wednesday condemned a rocket attack in the capital a day earlier, calling it a “terrorist act," and said combat operations by the U.S.-led coalition will cease once troop withdrawals take place in the coming weeks. Fuad Hussein's comments came hours after...

In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, image taken from a video provided by Defense.gov Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller speaks at the Pentagon in Washington. Miller said Tuesday that the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home from America's long wars even as Republicans and U.S. allies warn of the dangers of withdrawing before conditions are right. (Defense.gov via AP)

Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

Nov. 17, 2020 5:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Tuesday the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home from America's long wars even as Republicans and U.S. allies...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, at NATO headquarters in Brussels. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 that the military organization could pay a heavy price for leaving Afghanistan too early, after a U.S. official said President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw a significant number of American troops from the conflict-ravaged country in coming weeks. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool, File)

NATO chief warns of high price if troops leave Afghanistan

Nov. 17, 2020 8:13 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO could pay a heavy price for leaving Afghanistan too early, its chief warned Tuesday after a U.S. official said President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw a significant number of American troops from the conflict-ravaged country in the coming weeks. NATO has fewer than 12,000 troops...

NATO chief warns price of leaving Afghanistan too soon ‘could be very high' as U.S ponders troop withdrawal

Nov. 17, 2020 5:52 AM EST
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO chief warns price of leaving Afghanistan too soon ‘could be very high' as U.S ponders troop withdrawal.
President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP sources: Trump to order troop cuts in Afghanistan, Iraq

Nov. 16, 2020 6:15 PM EST

President Donald Trump is expected to cut a significant number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and a smaller number in Iraq by the final days of his presidency, U.S. officials said Monday. The plan would run counter to military commanders' advice over the past year, while still falling short of Trump's much-touted...