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Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord

Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019, 2:07 p.m.

Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria and he defended his decision to …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Iraq: American troops leaving Syria cannot stay in Iraq

U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq’s military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with new accord

The leaders of Russia and Turkey announce a deal for their two countries’ forces to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

McConnell resolution prods Trump to keep troops in Syria

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a resolution denouncing Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria and prodding President Donald Trump to halt his withdrawal of U.S. troops from that part …


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: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says

A war monitor says Turkish-backed Syrian fighters crossed the border from Turkey and attacked a Kurdish-held town amid continued fighting nearly two days after a cease-fire was declared in northeast …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic …


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, 3:57 p.m.

Trump’s sanctions won’t bite a vulnerable Turkish economy

The sanctions the U.S. announced against Turkey this week over its offensive in Syria fall well short of doing serious damage to an economy still healing from a recession and …


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: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

US to hand over to Iraq IS members evacuated from Syria

The U.S. will hand over to Iraqi authorities nearly 50 Islamic State members who were transferred from Syria in recent days, two Iraqi intelligence officials said Thursday.


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


US pullback could boost Islamic State group revival in Syria

The American pullback from parts of northeastern Syria could help breathe new life into the Islamic State group if fighting erupts between the Kurds and Turkey.


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 …