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11 January, 2019 6:28 AM US begins withdrawing some military equipment from Syria

United states National Security Advisor John Bolton on Sunday contradicted Trump's decision, saying that Americans troops would remain in Syria until the last remmants of the Islamic State were defeated. Washington: The first US military ground equipment has been withdrawn from Syria, signaling the beginning of the drawdown ordered by President Donald 231

10 January, 2019 2:41 PM US Troop Withdrawal From Syria Will Happen, Says Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that a full US troop withdrawal from Syria announced by President Donald Trump last month will go ahead despite widespread criticism. The US top diplomat made his remarks while on a whistlestop tour of the Middle East to address the concerns of regional allies about the surprise pullout plan. "President Trump's 196

29 December, 2018 2:56 AM US commanders recommend letting Kurdish fighters in Syria keep weapons

US President Donald Trump last week abruptly ordered a complete withdrawal of US troops from Syria. US commanders planning for the withdrawal of US troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep US-supplied weapons, four US officials said, a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey. Three of the officials 5547

24 December, 2018 12:58 AM Ally France slams Donald Trump for decision to pull troops out of Syria

"An ally must be dependable. To be allies is to fight shoulder to shoulder." N'Djamena: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he deeply regretted US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. In an abrupt policy shift, Trump announced on Wednesday that Washington would withdraw the roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria 163

14 December, 2018 5:03 PM Recep Erdogan, Donald Trump agree 'more effective' coordination on Syria

Ankara, Dec 14 (AFP) Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed Friday to "more effective coordination" between their countries' operations in Syria, according to Turkish presidential sources, after Ankara threatened to launch a new offensive in the war-torn nation. The two leaders spoke by telephone and "agreed 125

24 September, 2018 7:00 AM Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan vows to impose secure zones east of Euphrates in Syria

Turkey will take action east of the Euphrates river in Syria and impose secure zones as it has done in the northwest of the country, President Tayyip Erdogan said in comments broadcast on Turkish media on Monday. Earlier this year, Turkey carried out a military operation to seize control of Syria's Afrin region from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which 179

31 May, 2018 6:40 AM Assad says U.S. will leave Syria, vows to retake SDF-held areas

President Bashar al-Assad said he would recover areas of Syria held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and that U.S. forces should learn the lesson of Iraq and leave the country. In an interview with Russia Today, Mr. Assad also said the government had “started now opening doors for negotiations” with the SDF, a Kurdish dominated militia 109

18 March, 2018 5:15 PM Turkey-led forces seize control of Afrin

Kurdish fighters apparently fled the city without a fight Turkey’s flag was flying in Syria’s Afrin on Sunday after Turkish troops and Ankara-backed rebels chased out Kurdish militia forces to seize control of the city. In a major victory for Ankara’s two-month operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, Turkey-led 119

17 March, 2018 4:49 AM FIFA lifts three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international matches

FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football with the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala given the go-ahead to stage matches. “We are allowing international matches to be staged in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA Council here on Friday 51

26 February, 2018 11:51 AM Air strikes on last IS pocket in eastern Syria kill 25 civilians

The victims, including 7 children, lost their lives in US-led coalition strikes Air strikes on the last pocket of Islamic State (IS) jihadists in eastern Syria have killed at least 25 civilians, including seven children, a monitor said on Monday. The strikes were conducted on Sunday on and around the village of Al-Shaafah, north of the former IS bastion 125