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At NATO summit, Trump to stress US allies’ defense spending

Nov. 15, 2019 9:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will try to convince U.S. allies that they should increase defense spending when he attends a meeting of NATO leaders next month in London, the White House said Friday. Trump, who met this week at the White House with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, has...

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

Nov. 14, 2019 7:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo told foreign ministers and...

Erdogan says Turkey won’t dispose of Russian S-400s

Nov. 14, 2019 9:34 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is willing to purchase U.S.-made Patriot air defense systems but will not agree to disposing of the Russian S-400 system it has already bought, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. Speaking to reporters on board his plane on his way back from a meeting with...

The Latest: US, Turkey remain divided on air defense

Nov. 13, 2019 8:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House...

US and Turkey have friendly talks but differences persist

Nov. 13, 2019 7:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House failed to resolve an issue that has badly strained relations between the two NATO allies. Trump and Erdogan concluded a visit...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 12, 2019 6:26 AM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

Trump, Macron to meet after French president criticized NATO

Nov. 12, 2019 2:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the Dec. 3-4 NATO summit in London. Macron tweeted that he had an "excellent discussion" with Trump on Monday evening about Syria, Iran and the NATO military alliance. They evoked "lots of...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 11, 2019 6:00 PM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

Trump to confront Turkey about buying Russian defense system

Nov. 10, 2019 9:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will confront Turkey's leader about his decision to buy a Russian air defense system when they meet this week at the White House amid strained relations between the two NATO allies. Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said Sunday that the United States...

Next EU chief defends NATO after Macron criticism

Nov. 8, 2019 2:31 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The president-elect of the European Union's executive Commission is defending NATO after French President Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the military alliance's "brain death." Ursula von der Leyen didn't explicitly address Macron's criticism in a speech Friday but...