2 US service members, 2 US civilians killed in Syria blast

World 01/16/19, 16:02

Two U.S. service members and two American civilians were among those killed in an explosion while conducting a patrol in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than a month after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the war-torn country. The ...

Pompeo: Trump threat to Turkey shows US commitment to Kurds

Politics 01/14/19, 05:38

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that President Donald Trump's threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey's economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America's commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish officials or Trump about the president's tweeted threat and that ...

Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

Politics 01/12/19, 09:21

Despite Turkey's vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to protect U.S.-allied Kurdish rebels in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country. After speaking to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Pompeo said an agreement ...

A Timeline of the US involvement in Syria’s conflict

World 01/11/19, 12:41

America's four-year involvement in Syria's civil war may soon be coming to an end, after U.S. officials announced Friday that the process of withdrawal from the country has begun. A defense official in Washington said some military cargo has been pulled out, part of what the military calls the start of ...

Update: US withdrawal from Syria so far limited to cargo

World 01/11/19, 11:40

The Latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local):6:15 p.m.A U.S. defense official says no American troops have withdrawn yet from Syria, but some military cargo has been pulled out.The official said the movement of equipment is part of what the military calls the start of a "deliberate ...

Iraq closes camps for displaced, pushes families into peril

World 01/10/19, 01:12

It was a cold and gusty day in December when the army came to the Bzeibiz camp and told families displaced by the war against the Islamic State group that it was time to go home.The fighting was over, they said, and the camp west of Baghdad was going to ...

Fate of detained IS fighters uncertain as US exits Syria

World 01/08/19, 23:26

What to do with hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria has become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country. A senior administration official said Tuesday that resolving the fate of these prisoners is a top priority ...

Reports: 2 British soldiers wounded in IS attack in Syria

Europe 01/06/19, 11:13

A missile attack by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria killed at least one Kurdish fighter and wounded two British soldiers embedded with them, according to reports Sunday, amid fierce fighting in the strategic area near the Iraqi border. The Kurdish-run Rudaw news agency said the two British soldiers were ...

Trump aide: Syria withdrawal waiting on ‘conditions’

Politics 01/06/19, 07:59

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said Sunday that the U.S. military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State group, and on Turkey assuring the safety of Kurdish fighters allied with the United States. Bolton, who traveled to Israel to reassure the ...

2 dead, nearly 30 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine mall

World 12/31/18, 05:22

Suspected Muslim militants remotely detonated a bomb near the entrance of a mall in the southern Philippines on Monday as people did last-minute shopping ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations, killing at least two and wounding nearly 30, officials said.The bomb went off near the baggage counter at the entrance ...

Morocco: Terror charges brought in Nordic tourists’ deaths

Europe 12/30/18, 14:02

Moroccan prosecutors have filed preliminary terrorism charges against 15 people who are suspected of links to the killing of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains.Morocco's public prosecutor said in a statement that the charges include forming a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts and premeditated murder. Three of ...

Syria’s Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike IS in Syria

World 12/30/18, 11:46

Syrian President Bashar Assad authorized Sunday Iraqi forces to attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus, state news agency SANA said, as the two allies coordinate their fight against extremists ahead of a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria.The announcement highlights the close ...

Update: Trump says Syria should be shouldered by other rich nations

Politics 12/26/18, 14:41

The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Iraq (all times local): 10:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is defending his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria where they have been helping battle militants from the Islamic State group. While visiting troops in western Iraq on Wednesday, Trump said that because of the ...

Islamic State claims attack on Libya’s Foreign Ministry

World 12/26/18, 05:54

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at Libya's Foreign Ministry in Tripoli that killed at least three people.In a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency Wednesday, IS says three fighters infiltrated the area and fired on Foreign Ministry workers.Libyan officials say a suicide bomber ...

Turkey ‘determined’ to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces

World 12/25/18, 07:35

Turkey said Tuesday it is working with the United States to coordinate the withdrawal of American forces but remains "determined" to clear U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that "if Turkey says it will enter, it will," in comments carried by private DHA news agency. For ...

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters prepare to replace US forces

World 12/24/18, 05:25

A spokesman for Turkish-backed Syrian forces says they are preparing to deploy in eastern Syria alongside Turkish troops once American forces withdraw.U.S. President Donald Trump has said the withdrawal from Syria will be slow and coordinated with Turkey, without providing a timetable.A Kurdish-led force captured much of northern and eastern ...

US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move

Politics 12/22/18, 11:10

Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest to President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security officials. Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said ...

Official: Strasbourg market gunman pledged allegiance to IS

Europe 12/22/18, 08:52

A French judicial official says the alleged gunman who shot and killed five people in a Christmas market attack this month in Strasbourg had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.The judicial official, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said investigators have found a video stored ...

Putin welcomes US pullout from Syria

Politics 12/20/18, 09:59

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the U.S. decision to pull its troops out of Syria, adding that they shouldn't have been there from the start. Speaking at Thursday's annual marathon news conference, Putin said he agrees with U.S. President Donald Trump that the Islamic State group has been defeated, making the ...

Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect appears in court

Europe 12/20/18, 05:24

A man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 after fighting alongside extremists in Syria appeared in court Thursday amid high security, as preparations began for his trial next month.French national Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is accused of "terrorist murder" for gunning down the ...

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