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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

U.S. may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oilfields

The U.S. may leave some forces in Syria to secure oilfields and make sure they don’t fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said …


Mitch McConnell: Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake

Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies and weaken important alliances.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 11:48 a.m.

Fighting continues in Syrian border town despite Turkish agreement to halt offensive

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that Turkey’s military offensive would resume within days if Kurdish fighters do not fully withdraw from a “safe zone,” even as ongoing violence in …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

Administration hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a five-day cease-fire in northern Syria to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone …


Former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker has ‘no confidence’ in Syria withdrawal strategy

Spokane native and longtime U.S. diplomat Ryan Crocker says the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria, abandoning commitments to the Kurds, is an example of our failure …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Turkish patriotism on display amid Syria operation

National soccer team players give military salutes during international matches, Turkish flags flutter from balconies and storefronts, songs extolling the glory days of the Ottoman Empire blare from a border …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Dems walk out of WH meeting

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 …


ABC apologizes for video wrongly said to be from Syria

ABC News is apologizing for airing a video that it said depicted a Turkish attack on Kurds in Syria, but instead was taken at a military gun demonstration in Kentucky.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Trump orders Turkey sanctions; U.S. scrambles for Syria exit

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 …


Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, administration scrambles

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria left the region in upheaval Sunday and the administration scrambling to respond to fast-moving events.


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump’s cry that America is fighting ‘endless wars’ is a canard

After watching President Trump abandon our allies in Syria to be slaughtered, why would anyone step forward to help America in the fight against Islamist radicalism?


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

Turkish forces advance in Syria as U.S. troops come under fire

Turkish forces push deeper into northeastern Syria on the third day of Ankara’s offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian forces


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 11:14 a.m.

Esper criticizes “impulsive” Turk decision to invade Syria

An “impulsive” decision by Turkey to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war, but a pullback of U.S. troops from the border does …


Trudy Rubin: Another Trump phone call opens door to slaughter of Syrian Kurds

President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Syrian Kurds, America’s key ally in the fight against ISIS, is his most ignorant and morally bankrupt foreign policy move – so far.


Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting

Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of …


As Trump abandons Kurds, Israel worries how dependable he is

For the past three years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bet heavily on President Donald Trump and been rewarded with major diplomatic gains in exchange for his warm embrace of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 11:34 a.m.

Trump: U.S. doesn’t ‘endorse’ Turkey’s assault on Syria

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. does not endorse Turkey’s military assault on Syria, calling the operation a “bad idea.”


Trump’s plan for Syria withdrawal weakens GOP unity

After years of limiting public fights with President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans broke ranks over the president’s plans to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers concerned about withdrawing troops from Syria

A day after President Donald Trump threatened to “ruin the economy of Turkey” if it goes too far with a planned invasion of northern Syria, he announced on Tuesday that …


Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops off Syria’s northern border is leading to criticism – and confusion.


Islamic State group targets U.S. convoy in northeastern Syria

An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than …


Turkey slams U.S. request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. national security adviser of making “a very serious mistake” Tuesday by demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern …


Syria claims it has entered key Kurdish-held town

Syria’s military said Friday it had entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a …


Syrian Kurds to leave Manbij under delicate U.S.-Turkey deal

An American-backed Syrian Kurdish militia said Tuesday it will leave the strategic town of Manbij under a delicate U.S.-Turkey deal that could ease tensions between the NATO allies and force …


Turkish army and allies in ‘total control’ of Syria’s Afrin

The Turkish army and Syrian opposition fighters it backs have “total control” of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to the country’s official news agency on Saturday, …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 2:17 p.m.

At least 100 killed in Syria attacks as more people flee

Airstrikes in Syria killed more than 100 people Friday as civilians, weary and many wounded, fled besieged areas for the second straight day.


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

Turkey tightens its grip on Syrian Kurdish enclave

Turkey’s prime minister said Saturday that Turkish troops have captured a strategic village in the Kurdish-held enclave in northwestern Syria, tightening its grip on Kurdish militia in the sixth week …


Czechs release Syrian Kurdish politician, angering Turkey

A Czech court ruled on Tuesday that the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish party detained by authorities in Prague will be released from detention despite Turkey’s request for his …


Turkey formally requests Syrian Kurdish leader’s extradition

Turkey has submitted documents to the Czech authorities formally requesting the extradition of the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish party, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Monday.