Troop withdrawals

Former Afghan Cabinet Minister Ismail Khan, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Herat province, western of, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. A powerful political leader, who was previously tapped by some to lead Afghanistan’s negotiating team with the Taliban, warned Afghanistan’s president Wednesday against squandering an opportunity to find a peaceful settlement to the country’s latest war that is now into its 18th year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
February 20, 2019 - 2:27 pm
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war. In an interview with The...
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February 17, 2019 - 8:39 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says only the Syrian army can protect groups in northern Syria. In a speech in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, he appeared to be referring to U.S.-allied Kurdish groups, which fear a Turkish assault once American troops withdraw from...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
February 16, 2019 - 7:46 pm
MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew lengthy applause Saturday for her spirited defense of a multilateral approach to global affairs and support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was not among the impressed, however, and he...
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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai adjusts his hat during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Karzai expressed fears that a previously unscheduled meeting between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan on Monday risks engulfing Afghanistan into regional rivalries, as its neighbors and powerful Persian Gulf states jockey for influence in a post- U.S. Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
February 16, 2019 - 7:36 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries. In an interview with The Associated Press in the capital Kabul, Karzai worried...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels hold up their weapons as they attend a gathering to show their support for the ongoing peace talks in Sanaa, Yemen. Asserting Congress' authority over war powers, the House is debating a resolution to force the Trump administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen. It's a rebuke of the president's alliance with Saudi Arabia and prompted veto threat from the White House. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
February 13, 2019 - 6:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting congressional authority over war-making powers, the House passed a resolution Wednesday that would force the administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen, in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's alliance with the Saudi-led coalition behind the...
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February 13, 2019 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House resolution limiting U.S. involvement in Yemen (all times local): 4:35 p.m. The House has approved a resolution that would force the Trump administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in the war in Yemen, a rebuke of the president's alliance with...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, discusses his decision to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the nation's southern border and changing their mission, during a Capitol news conference Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom, flanked by Major General David Baldwin, the Adjutant General of the California Military Department, left, and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley, right, said he will order the troops to leave by the end of March but will leave 100 troops to focus on drug trafficking. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 11, 2019 - 7:42 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he's withdrawing most of the state's National Guard troops on the Mexico border because he won't participate in the Trump administration's "absurd theatrics" on border security. Still, he acknowledged some troops were doing good...
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South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, right, and Timothy Betts, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the U.S. Department of State, shake hands for the media before their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
February 10, 2019 - 11:03 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul's contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. The development comes...
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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad speaks on the prospects for peace, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 08, 2019 - 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempering expectations, the Trump administration's peace envoy for Afghanistan said Friday that although his talks with the Taliban have produced a tentative "framework" agreement, negotiations are far from finished. The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he hopes a final deal is...
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February 07, 2019 - 6:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Guantanamo Bay detention center could receive new prisoners for the first time in more than a decade under one option being considered as the U.S. withdraws its forces from Syria and works to resolve the fate of hundreds of captured Islamic State fighters. U...
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