Troop withdrawals

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, front row center, and other foreign ministers pose for a family photo during the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting, at the State Department, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 06, 2019 - 10:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition (all times local): 3:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he expects to be able to announce next week that the U.S. and coalition partners have reclaimed 100 percent of the Islamic State caliphate. Trump said Wednesday that...
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President Donald Trump walks on stage to speak at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 06, 2019 - 10:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw U.S...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, shiite pilgrims pass a poster of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, as they head to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Baghdad, Iraq. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Al-Sistani, Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric, expressed his criticism of President Donald Trump's recent statement that U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. He is the latest Iraqi official to criticize Trump's remarks. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
February 06, 2019 - 9:21 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric on Wednesday joined a chorus of Iraqi politicians and clerics criticizing recent statements by President Donald Trump in which he said U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Iraq aspires...
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In this Jan. 31, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 05, 2019 - 9:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the...
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In this Jan. 29, 2019, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. The Senate has voted to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he has called for a drawdown of troops in those countries. Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by McConnell. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 04, 2019 - 6:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event on human trafficking in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 01, 2019 - 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump's talk about "America first," the next two years of his presidency could shine a sharp spotlight on America abroad. His State of the Union address next week will be dissected for clues on how he'll deal with a full plate of foreign policy...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, photo, Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers carry out an exercise during a live firing at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Trump administration claims of progress in talks with the Taliban have sparked fears even among allies of the president that his impatience with the war in Afghanistan will lead him to withdraw troops too soon, leaving the country at risk of returning to the same volatile condition that prompted the invasion in the first place. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
January 30, 2019 - 10:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration claims of progress in talks with the Taliban have sparked fears even among the president's allies that his impatience with the war in Afghanistan will lead him to withdraw troops too soon, leaving the country at risk of returning to the same volatile condition...
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In this photo released by the Afghan Presidential Palace, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, speaks to U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, third left, at the presidential palace in Kabul. Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. The Afghan president's office said Monday that Khalilzad shared details of his recent talks with the Taliban in Qatar with Ghani and other Afghan government officials. A statement from the office quotes Khalilzad as saying he held talks about a cease-fire with the Taliban but that there has been no progress yet on that issue. (Afghan Presidential Palace via AP)
January 28, 2019 - 2:20 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Negotiators for the U.S. and the Taliban insurgents have reached "agreements in principle" on key issues for a peace deal that would end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. envoy said Monday. The statement by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad followed six days of talks...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 file photo, Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, participates in a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Afghanistan's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, urged the world not to give up on his impoverished country, which has struggled with corruption, political instability and a long Taliban insurgency. He told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: "Don't lose patience. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
January 23, 2019 - 8:37 am
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Afghanistan's chief executive is urging the world not to give up on his impoverished country after the Trump administration suggested the United States could withdraw troops. Afghanistan has struggled with corruption, political instability and a long Taliban insurgency,...
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This frame grab from video provided by Hawar News, ANHA, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows Kurdish fighters standing guard at the site of a suicide attack near the town of Shaddadeh, in Syria's northeastern province of Hassakeh, Syria, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The state news agency SANA and the Kurdish Hawar news agency, said that the blast was a suicide bombing that targeted a Syrian Kurdish checkpoint. (ANHA via AP)
January 21, 2019 - 4:06 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — 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 a week and further highlighting the dangers surrounding U.S. plans to withdraw forces after a declaration...
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