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Biden on Afghanistan: 'Time to end America's longest war'

Apr. 14, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the Sept. 11 attacks “cannot explain” why U.S. forces should remain in Afghanistan 20 years later and that “it is time for American troops to come home” from the country's longest war. Biden, in excerpts of a speech to...

US coordinates Afghanistan pullout with NATO withdrawal

Apr. 14, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s top national security aides were consulting with NATO on Wednesday to coordinate the alliance’s withdrawal from Afghanistan with the planned pullout of American troops by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. ...

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

Apr. 13, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said Tuesday. The decision defies a May 1 deadline...

Official: Biden to miss May 1 deadline for removing US troops from Afghanistan, sets 9/11 as new target for withdrawal

Apr. 13, 2021 12:02 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Official: Biden to miss May 1 deadline for removing US troops from Afghanistan, sets 9/11 as new target for withdrawal.

Inside secret Syria talks aimed at freeing American hostages

Apr. 08, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last summer, two U.S. officials ventured into hostile territory for a secret high-stakes meeting with American adversaries. The Syrian government officials they were scheduled to meet in Damascus seemed ready to discuss the fate of U.S. hostages...

Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan

Apr. 08, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Orderly withdrawals take time, and Biden is running out of it. Biden has inched so close...

No timetable for withdrawal of troops after US, Iraq talks

Apr. 07, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The mission of U.S. forces in Iraq has shifted to training and advisory roles, allowing for redeployment of combat forces remaining in the country, U.S. and Iraq delegates said Wednesday, after a third round of strategic U.S.-Iraq talks. Statements...

Rockets hit near Iraq base housing US trainers, no one hurt

Apr. 04, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two rockets landed Sunday near an Iraqi air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing no casualties or damage, an Iraqi official said. Maj. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji said the rockets landed outside Balad air base after midday....

Ethiopia says Eritrean troops are pulling out of Tigray

Apr. 03, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopian authorities said on Saturday that Eritrean troops have started withdrawing from Tigray, where they have been fighting on the side of Ethiopian forces in a war against the region's fugitive leaders. The Eritreans “have now started to...

Ethiopia says Eritrea agrees to withdraw troops from Tigray

Mar. 26, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister said Friday that Eritrea has agreed to withdraw its forces from the Tigray region, where witnesses have described them looting, killing and raping civilians. The statement by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office comes...