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Mattis: US troops will remain in Syria
Stripes | WASHINGTON — U.S. troops have been fighting Islamic State militants in Syria for four years and will remain in eastern portions of the war-torn country until American leaders are convinced the terrorist group cannot...
Israel claims the Syrian civil war is effectively over
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CNBC | Israel claimed Syria's long-running civil war had effectively come to an end Thursday and predicted the Golan Heights frontier between the two countries would be much quieter over the coming months. Syrian President...
We’re coming out of Syria very soon, let others take care of it – Trump
RT | President Donald Trump has made a surprise announcement that US forces will be withdrawing from Syria, citing the defeat of Islamic State and the need to defend US borders and rebuild “crumbling” infrastructure. “We’re...
U.N.: Russia and U.S. air strikes caused mass civilian deaths in Syria
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Reuters | Air strikes by Russia and a U.S.-led coalition killed civilians in Syria on a large scale last year, while the Assad government carried out unlawful chemical weapon attacks in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, U.N. war crimes...
Trump Administration Says 2001 AUMF Authorizes Endless Iraq, Syria Presence
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AntiWar.com | ISIS used to be an al-Qaeda affiliate, and the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) covers al-Qaeda. This was the initial legal justification for US deployments in Iraq and Syria. But now that ISIS is...
Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS
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Medium.com | A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups...
Trump freezing Syria funds in signal of US pullback, report says
FoxNews | President Donald Trump is freezing more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in war-torn Syria amid a reassessment of the role the U.S. should play in the drawn-out conflict there, The Wall Street Journal...
Jens Stoltenberg: NATO troops staying in Iraq
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AlJazeera | NATO forces are staying in Iraq at the country's request, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said during a rare visit on Monday to Baghdad, after parliament called for a foreign troop pullout. "We are here because Iraq...
Iraqi parliament demands timeline for foreign troop withdrawal
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Reuters | BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament demanded on Thursday that the government set a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops stationed in the country to help fight Islamic State, a ruling coalition lawmaker told Reuters. "...
Russia Condemns U.S. Strikes on Syrian Government Troops
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WashingtonTimes | American airstrikes against pro-government forces in Syria were an unprovoked action by U.S. and coalition forces, designed to fortify Washington’s control over the country’s vast oil assets, Russian defense officials...
Blowback: How U.S. Drones, Coups, and Invasions Just Create More Violence
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TheIntercept | For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sir Isaac Newton called it his Third Law of Motion. The CIA calls it “blowback.” As the late historian of empire and one-time consultant to the CIA, Chalmers...
Syrian army to end U.S. presence in the country
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Reuters | BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army is determined to end any form of U.S. presence in the country, state television said on Monday, citing an official source in the foreign ministry. The U.S.-led coalition is working...
Tracing ISIS’ Weapons Supply Chain—Back to the US
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Wired | “Habibi! Aluminium!” The call echoes through the courtyard of a trash-strewn home in Tal Afar, a remote outpost in northern Iraq. It is late September and still hot, the kind of heat that seems to come from all sides,...
Syrian City’s Survivors Describe Three Years of Siege Under the Islamic State
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TheIntercept | Twelve-year-old Mustafa grinned as he bit into an apple, munching away excitedly. Only a month ago, he sunk his teeth into a piece of fresh fruit for the first time in three years. Mustafa, along with his family,...
Syria Showdown: Turkey Takes aim at Manbij, Washington says US Forces Aren’t Leaving
RT | US troops will not pull out from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, a top American general has said, rebuffing demands from Ankara to withdraw from the city and risking a potential confrontation between the two NATO...
Turkey Slams 'Allies' For Sending "Planeloads Of Arms" To Terrorists Ahead Of Emergency UN Session
ZeroHedge | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned on Ankara’s allies, insinuating that the US in particular has been providing massive military support to Kurdish YPG in Syria.   In a speech to his ruling AK Party, RT...
US military to maintain open-ended presence in Syria, Tillerson says
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TheGuardian | The US intends to maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria, not only to fight Isis and al-Qaida but also to provide a bulwark against Iranian influence, ensure the departure of the Assad regime and create...
US-Supplied Arms Often Ended Up in ISIS Hands
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AntiWar.com | For several years in the Syrian War, a CIA program saw US and Saudi-acquired weapons smuggling into Syria, nominally for the “moderate rebels.” The program was ultimately scrapped this year, and had been criticized...