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US delegation seeking a cease-fire with Turkey and Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation faces the herculean task of pressuring Turkey to accept a cease-fire in Northern Syria, hours after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against Islamic State...

The Latest: US airstrikes destroy ammo left behind in Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Syria (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Two U.S. fighter jets launched airstrikes Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria. The factory had served as a coordination center for...

Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Oct. 16, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to...

Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Dems walk out of WH meeting

Oct. 16, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against IS extremists. Hours later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a meeting at...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump muddles facts on US Syria withdrawal

Oct. 16, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump muddled the facts Wednesday on America's withdrawal from Syria and the conditions on the ground there, as he distanced himself and the U.S. from the ongoing Turkish invasion into Syria. He suggested incorrectly that the Syrian Kurds who fought alongside U.S. forces...

Air Force IDs Ellsworth airman found dead off base

Oct. 16, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has released the name of an airman stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base who was found dead at an off-base residence. The Air Force says 24-year-old Senior Airman William Horton was a B-1 Journeyman with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Horton was an active...

Republican lawmakers unmuzzled in rebuking Trump on Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A "dark day." A "betrayal." The "biggest mistake of this presidency," and "really delusional." And that was President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans. Trump's decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria — triggering a deadly Turkish invasion targeting the U.S.'s...

Analysis: Trump impulsiveness a theme in impeachment, Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A common denominator runs through the impeachment probe and the chaos unfolding in Syria: President Donald Trump's improvisational style of conducting foreign policy. The president's decision to push Ukraine to investigate a political rival prompted Democrats to launch the House...

The Latest: US envoy urges Turkey to stop Syria offensive

Oct. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 12:45 a.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging Turkey to halt its offensive in northeastern Syria "and declare a cease-fire immediately." Kelly Craft said Wednesday that a delegation led by Vice...

Fighter jets could fly lower in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon

Oct. 16, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Air Force wants to fly supersonic fighter jets at lower altitudes in lightly populated areas of southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada and southeastern Oregon to better simulate combat conditions. The Air Force on Wednesday said it plans to prepare an environmental impact...