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Campaign: Warren's call to exit Mideast means combat troops

Oct. 16, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's call Tuesday night for the United States to "get out" of the Middle East, if implemented, would end a generations-long U.S. military presence in the volatile region. Her campaign later softened that statement, saying she was talking about combat troops only. "I...

The Latest: House to vote on bipartisan Syria resolution

Oct. 15, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and the Turkish invasion of Syria (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The House plans to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan resolution opposing President Donald Trump's withdrawal of American troops from northeastern Syria. The measure underscores an overwhelming...

The Latest: Erdogan rejects call for ceasefire in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local): 12:50 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he rejects a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a ceasefire and halt Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria. Erdogan said: "They...

Trump threatens to 'destroy' Turkey's economy with sanctions

Oct. 15, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. Some of those U.S. troops leaving...

Foreigners exit northeastern Syria fearing government reach

Oct. 15, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

SEMELKA, Syria (AP) — It was a sign of the sudden transformation sweeping Kurdish-run northeast Syria: foreign aid workers and journalists packed this border crossing on Monday, rushing to get out to Iraq. The exodus was not propelled by the Turkish offensive launched last week. Instead, it was the return...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

US pullout from Syria leaves a major prize for its foes

Oct. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

The U.S. decision to withdraw from northeastern Syria after paving the way for a Turkish invasion has placed the oil-rich region back in play, heralding a new phase in the long civil war in which America's adversaries are set to make major gains. Until last week, Syrian Kurdish forces supported by about 1,000...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

The Latest: Turkey says troops captured Syrian border town

Oct. 12, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's military offensive into northeastern Syria against Syrian Kurdish fighters (all times local): 11:25 p.m. France is halting exports of any arms to Turkey that could be used in its offensive against Kurds in Syria, and wants an immediate meeting of the U.S.-led...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shoddy info on Syria, impeachment

Oct. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric. Some examples: TRUMP, on Hunter Biden, whose father is former Vice President Joe Biden, a Trump political rival: "Guy...