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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...

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...

Democrats protest $200M in additional border wall transfers

Oct. 16, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has quietly transferred more than $200 million from Pentagon counterdrug efforts toward building his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, drawing protests from Democrats who say he is again abusing his powers. The move would shift $129 million to wall...

Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit

Oct. 14, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. The United States also...

US pulling out of northern Syria; full withdrawal possible

Oct. 13, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos , cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey's invasion could fuel a broader war. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that President Donald Trump had directed U.S. troops in northern...

Pentagon chief says Trump orders US forces in Syria to move south of Turkey's attacks against Kurds, but not leave Syria

Oct. 13, 2019 8:34 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon chief says Trump orders US forces in Syria to move south of Turkey's attacks against Kurds, but not leave Syria.

Esper: US is not abandoning Kurds in face of Turkish attack

Oct. 11, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon officials on Friday denied the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive, although the future of a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds was in grave doubt. "We have not abandoned the Kurds. Let me be clear about that,"...

Turkish forces advance in Syria as US troops come under fire

Oct. 11, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkish forces faced fierce resistance from U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters on the third day of Ankara's offensive in northern Syria as casualties mounted, international criticism of the campaign intensified and estimates put the number of those who fled the violence at 100,000....

The Latest: Pentagon says US troops came under Turkish fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy...

The Latest: US Syria outpost vacated after coming under fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. reaction to Turkey's offensive into Syria (all times local): 8:30 p.m. U.S. officials say an American outpost in northeastern Syria has been vacated after coming under fire from Turkish artillery. The officials say a number of U.S. troops left their post on a hill...