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UN probing North Korea sanctions violations in 20 countries

Mar. 11, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan. The expert panel's...

Cheney criticized Trump foreign policy in closed-door event

Mar. 11, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Donald Trump's foreign policy, even comparing it with that of former President Barack Obama, in a striking rebuke of the president by a member of his own party. Speaking with Vice President Mike Pence this weekend at a closed-door...

US-backed fighters could soon resume offensive against IS

Mar. 9, 2019 12:34 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters could soon resume an offensive against the Islamic State group in the last area they control in Syria, an official said Saturday, adding that the battle against the extremists is expected to take three days. Aras Orkesh of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces...

Final assault on last IS-held pocket in Syria resumes

Mar. 1, 2019 4:07 PM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Friday resumed military operations to liberate the last piece of territory held by the Islamic state group in Syria after evacuating thousands of civilians and hostages who have been besieged inside, a spokesman said. Mustafa Bali said fighters...

Navy woman killed in Syria to be added to NSA memorial

Feb. 27, 2019 1:04 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The first female Navy service member killed in the battle against the Islamic State will become the third woman to have her name added to the National Security Agency's National Cryptologic Memorial. The Capital reports the agency says Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent's name...

US pushes NATO allies to join observer force in Syria

Feb. 22, 2019 4:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision authorizing about 200 U.S. troops to remain in northeast Syria indefinitely is a key step in creating a larger multinational observer force that can keep the peace and prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group, administration and defense officials...

White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

Feb. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration, which abruptly announced in December that it was pulling out of Syria, said Thursday that it will keep 200 U.S. troops in the country for now. "A small peace keeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for period of time," White House press secretary Sarah...

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...

US: Time to expand the international coalition against IS

Feb. 15, 2019 12:27 PM EST

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — The top Pentagon official said Friday he foresees a "bigger and stronger" American-led international coalition combatting the Islamic State group globally as the U.S. withdraws its troops from Syria. Pat Shanahan, on his first trip abroad as the acting secretary of defense, made his...

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...