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US commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

Nov. 15, 2019 12:07 PM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back to...

Ukraine, rebels say pullback in the east is completed

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military and Russia-backed separatist rebels have completed a pullback of troops and weapons from an area in eastern Ukraine embroiled in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people, officials said Monday. The disengagement near Petrivske that began Saturday...

Turkish patrol kills Syrian protester amid shaky truce

Nov. 8, 2019 1:09 PM EST

IDIL, Turkey (AP) — A Syrian protester was killed after a Turkish military vehicle ran him over on Friday as it drove through an angry crowd protesting a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeastern Syria, Kurdish forces and a Syria war monitoring group said. The fatal incident reflects the increasingly...

Senior US envoy in Syria highly critical of troop withdrawal

Nov. 7, 2019 10:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior American diplomat has written a highly critical assessment of the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria last month, a decision that paved the way for an attack on U.S.-allied forces in the area, officials said Thursday. In an internal memo,...

Turkey says its forces capture 18 Syrian soldiers in Syria

Oct. 31, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish military forces captured 18 Syrian government soldiers in northeastern Syria, Turkey's defense minister said Thursday, in one of the most dramatic examples of an increasingly muddled battleground following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the area. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi...

The Latest: US armored vehicles in Syria to guard oil fields

Oct. 31, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 7:40 p.m. The U.S. military says its first batch of mechanized armored vehicles have arrived in southeast Syria, where they are to take part in securing oil fields and fighting remnants of the Islamic State group. U.S.-led Coalition...

Erdogan: Joint patrols with Turkey and Russia start Friday

Oct. 30, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Joint Turkish-Russian patrols will begin Friday in northeastern Syria, following a Russian-brokered cease-fire that promised to have Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw to the south, Turkey's president said Wednesday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his ruling party that Turkey won't hesitate to...

After killing, GOP skeptics still doubt Trump foreign policy

Oct. 29, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few moments have provoked such widespread condemnation of President Donald Trump from fellow Republicans as his sudden decision this month to withdraw most U.S. troops from Syria. But if Trump hoped to win a reprieve from GOP skeptics after the raid that resulted in the death of Islamic...

Bipartisan House OKs bill hitting Turkey for Syria incursion

Oct. 29, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill punishing Turkey for its invasion of northern Syria and illustrating both parties' dismay with President Donald Trump's retreat from the region sailed easily through the House on Tuesday. The bill marks both parties' latest show of disapproval for Trump's decision this...

Masked gunmen attack protesters in Iraq holy city; 18 killed

Oct. 29, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The overnight attack came as...