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Residents of northeast Syria city pelt departing US troops

Oct. 21, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Angry over the U.S. withdrawal, residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by on Monday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said U.S. troops will stay in eastern Syria to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at least...

US may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oil fields

Oct. 21, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Even as American forces make a hasty and chaotic withdrawal from northeastern Syria, the U.S. is considering leaving some troops behind to secure oil fields in the region and make sure they don't fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said...

The Latest: 70,000 children displaced by NE Syrian violence

Oct. 21, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 4:00 p.m. An international aid group says about 70,000 children have been displaced since the start of the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria. The United Nations has said more than 176,000 people have been uprooted....

US Defense Secretary says troops to stay near Syria's eastern oilfields during US pullout which will take weeks

Oct. 21, 2019 6:34 AM EDT
KABUL (AP) — US Defense Secretary says troops to stay near Syria's eastern oilfields during US pullout which will take weeks.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates scope of cease-fire deal

Oct. 21, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...

Residents of a Kurdish-dominated city in northeastern Syria pelt US troops with potatoes as they drive through.

Oct. 21, 2019 6:03 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of a Kurdish-dominated city in northeastern Syria pelt US troops with potatoes as they drive through.

The Latest: Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town

Oct. 20, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A spokesman for the main Kurdish-led group in Syria says their fighters have evacuated the northern town of Ras al-Ayn, saying they have no armed presence there anymore. Kino Gabriel of the Syrian...

The Latest: Syria Kurds say they will withdraw from border

Oct. 20, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A senior Syrian Kurdish official says his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a U.S.-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged...

Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq

Oct. 20, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under the current plan all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence. Speaking to reporters traveling with him...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Syrian mission-accomplished moment

Oct. 19, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...