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

Oct. 18, 2019 5:59 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...

'Only God is with us': A Syrian family feels betrayed by US

Oct. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — For months, every time Turkey threatened to invade northern Syria, Salwa Hanna told her husband they should take their children and flee from the border town of Kobani. And every time, he told her not to worry, because the Americans were there. Now the Christian family is among an...

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...

EU leaders censure Turkey over military action against Kurds

Oct. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders issued a strong condemnation Friday of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, urging Ankara to immediately stop what French President Emmanuel Macron called "madness." At the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Brussels that largely focused...

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...

Most overrated? Mattis laughs off Trump barb at charity gala

Oct. 17, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is laughing off an insult hurled at him by President Donald Trump. Speaking at a New York charity event Thursday the day after Trump demeaned him as "the world's most overrated general," Mattis joked that he took it as a compliment. "I'm not just...

The Latest: US, Turkey agree to cease-fire in Syria

Oct. 17, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 4:50 a.m. Friday The U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's...

The Latest: Australia won't retrieve refugees in cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 03:15 a.m. Australia has ruled out retrieving dozens of Australian women and children from refugee camps during the cease-fire in Syria. Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Friday the situation remained too...

US hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

Oct. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional...

Syrian Kurdish-led force says it will abide by cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria on Thursday said they will abide by a cease-fire agreement announced in Turkey by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. But his comments suggested a smaller "safe zone" than Ankara has demanded, underscoring the ambiguities in the...