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Turkish-backed forces, Kurds clash despite Syria cease-fire

Oct. 19, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkish-backed Syrian fighters clashed with Kurdish-led forces in several parts of northeastern Syria on Saturday, with some crossing the border from Turkey to attack a village, a war monitor said. Both sides blamed each other for fighting that has rattled the U.S.-brokered...

The Latest: Turkish proxy forces clash with Syria's Kurds

Oct. 19, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 2:00 p.m. A war monitor group says Turkey-backed Syrian fighters have clashed in several locations with Kurdish forces, in possible violations of a U.S.-brokered cease-fire in northern Syria. The Britain-based Syrian...

The art of the boast: Trump's a master

Oct. 19, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's never just a deal. President Donald Trump's penchant for overselling his accomplishments has been on vivid display in recent days as he hailed his Syria cease-fire as a boon for civilization and claimed his trade agreement with China was the biggest ever. The economy is the...

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

Oct. 18, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters...

Syria cease-fire off to rocky start amid reports of fighting

Oct. 18, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The cease-fire in northern Syria got off to a rocky start Friday, as Kurdish leaders accused Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered deal with Ankara. Turkey's president warned that Turkish...

The Latest: Pompeo optimistic cease-fire in Syria will hold

Oct. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 10:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's optimistic that the cease-fire between the Turkish army and Kurdish forces in northern Syria will hold in coming days, despite some breaches. After briefing...

Syria crisis tests Trump's global religious freedom vows

Oct. 18, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

The Turkish invasion of northern Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal from the region could put to the test Trump's stated commitment to global freedom of worship for religious minorities. The fighting between the Turks and Kurds has raised fears for the safety of Syrian Christians,...

Pence to visit Pennsylvania glass maker, tout trade pact

Oct. 18, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

DURYEA, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is returning to the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania to make the case for Congress to pass President Donald Trump's rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico. Pence's Monday visit is to a high-tech glass maker near Scranton. That's near the...

Pompeo seeks to reassure Israel amid Syria turmoil

Oct. 18, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israel's prime minister on Friday to reaffirm the countries' close ties at a time when many in Israel fear the Trump administration intends to cut and run from the Middle East. The meeting came a day after a U.S. delegation led by Vice President...

Deal between US, Turkey spawns more questions than answers

Oct. 18, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hailed it as a great day for civilization, but the agreement hammered out in Ankara, Turkey, between U.S. and Turkish leaders spawned more questions than answers. Thursday's deal called for a five-day pause in fighting between Turkish and Kurdish fighters and put a...