Troop withdrawals

Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill addresses the media at a U.S. military base at undisclosed location in Northeastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Hill told The Associated Press on Friday, Nov. 15, that Islamic State militants remain “a global threat” and that the partnership with the Kurds and international action is still needed against it. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
November 15, 2019 - 11:07 am
ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back...
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Russia-backed separatist rebels' unit walk to take their position at the new line of contact outside Petrivske, Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. The Saturday pullback in the Petrivske area follows two similar movements in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces have been fighting since 2014. The pullbacks are seen as a significant step that could lead to a summit of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany on ending the conflict. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)
November 11, 2019 - 10:37 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and rebel officials say both sides have completed a pullback of troops and weapons from an area in eastern Ukraine embroiled in a separatist conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people. The disengagement near Petrivske that began Saturday followed a similar...
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In this photo taken from the outskirts of the village of Mert Ismail near the town of Suruc, southeastern Turkey, Turkish army vehicles return to Tirley from Syrian after conducting a joint patrol with Russian forces, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols for the second time in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's incursion. (AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel)
November 07, 2019 - 9:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior American diplomat has written a highly critical assessment of the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria last month, a decision that paved the way for an attack on U.S.-allied forces in the area, officials said Thursday. In an internal...
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October 31, 2019 - 11:15 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 6:15 p.m. New video shows U.S. armored vehicles patrolling near oil facilities in an area of northern Syria that saw recent heavy fighting between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces, and from which American troops had withdrawn. The...
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Chicago to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 29, 2019 - 9:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group's leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria's oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country's Russian allies. It's a new high-stakes mission even as American...
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U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. NATO defense ministers on Friday discussed efforts to deter Russia in eastern Europe and the future of the mission training security forces in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 25, 2019 - 9:10 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States will send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to keep oil fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. It was the latest sign that extracting the military from Syria is...
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A member of Asayish, or the Internal Security Forces, makes a selfie by an Russian military vehicle during a patrol near Syrian and Turkish border in north Syria, Friday. Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
October 25, 2019 - 11:46 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria to help patrol the country's Turkey-Syria border after a deal between Moscow and Ankara, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. The ministry said about 300 military police have arrived in Syria to patrol the northeastern areas...
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Russian forces patrol near the city of Qamishli, north Syria, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Syrian forces, Russian military advisers and military police are being deployed in a zone 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep along much of the northeastern border, under an agreement reached Tuesday by Russia and Turkey. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
October 25, 2019 - 5:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Russian and Turkish leaders divvy up security roles in northeast Syria following an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal, President Donald Trump is focused on oil fields elsewhere in the war-torn country. Trump spurred a fresh wave of criticism Thursday with a tweet noting that he had...
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Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, shakes hands with Iraqi Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari, left, during a welcome ceremony at the Ministry of Defense, Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Esper has arrived in Baghdad on a visit aimed at working out details about the future of American troops that are withdrawing from Syria to neighboring Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
October 24, 2019 - 3:42 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — After spending four tumultuous days engulfed in the chaotic ramifications of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper lashed out Thursday at Turkey for its military assault across the border on Syrian Kurdish fighters. Speaking at the German...
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Russian forces armored vehicles patrol the Syrian border in Kobani, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. 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. (AP Photo)
October 23, 2019 - 2:50 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria following the Turkish invasion earlier this month into the country's northeast (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Russia's defense minister has spoken to the Kurdish military chief to discuss the Russian military patrols in northeastern Syria. Russia...
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