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Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace

Feb. 20, 2019 2:39 PM EST

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war. In an interview with The...

Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria

Feb. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will "liberate every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday. He did not specifically mention the planned withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from northern Syria, but in a...

Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

Feb. 16, 2019 7:49 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew lengthy applause Saturday for her spirited defense of a multilateral approach to global affairs and support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was not among the impressed, however, and he doubled down...

AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risk peace pact

Feb. 16, 2019 7:37 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries. In an interview with The Associated Press in the capital Kabul, Karzai worried that...

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

Feb. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. In...

The Latest: Putin: Syria must take over lands US leaves

Feb. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani said at a news conference after...

30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

Feb. 14, 2019 5:28 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — When the last Soviet tanks rumbled back home across a bridge on the border with Afghanistan 30 years ago, the withdrawal was hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire. Since then, Moscow's view of the war has changed radically. As Russia prepares to mark Friday's anniversary of...

In House's Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Feb. 13, 2019 6:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting congressional authority over war-making powers, the House passed a resolution Wednesday that would force the administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen, in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's alliance with the Saudi-led coalition behind the military...

The Latest: House OKs measure to pull troops from Yemen war

Feb. 13, 2019 4:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House resolution limiting U.S. involvement in Yemen (all times local): 4:35 p.m. The House has approved a resolution that would force the Trump administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in the war in Yemen, a rebuke of the president's alliance with Saudi...

Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited US military role

Feb. 12, 2019 2:47 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Tuesday that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians of forcing a U.S. troop withdrawal. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense, said that in talks with Prime...