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January 4, 2019 10:48 AM Trump's Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria Will Boost Iran's Fortunes

President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that the U.S. would withdraw troops from Syria came at a time when Washington seemed to finally be developing a strategy to tackle the Syrian conflict that went beyond prioritizing fighting ISIS. It was not Syria that was the focus of this new strategy; it was Iran. While former President Barack 108

December 25, 2018 12:35 PM Turkey 'determined' to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces

ISTANBUL – 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 weeks 112

December 17, 2018 11:19 AM US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

JOHANNESBURG – The U.S. military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabab extremist rebels. In a statement issued Monday, the U.S. military's Africa Command said it carried out four strikes on Dec. 15 in which 34 people were killed and two more on Dec. 16 which killed 28. All the air attacks 99

December 5, 2018 5:51 AM BT to remove Huawei equipment from its core 4G network: FT

(Reuters) - Britain’s BT Group Plc will remove Huawei Technologies Co’s equipment from its core 4G network within two years, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. BT has also excluded Huawei from bidding for contracts to supply equipment for use in its core 5G network, it said. However, BT will continue to use Huawei’s kit in what it considers to be benign 119

November 28, 2018 1:28 AM Tunisians stage first Arab protests against visiting Saudi crown prince

TUNIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of Tunisians staged the first protests of the Arab world against Saudi Arabia’s crown prince as he arrived on a visit on Tuesday, denouncing him as a murderer involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The protests were a rare occurrence for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler who faces 109

November 21, 2018 7:18 PM Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctions on Cuban officials over role in Venezuela crackdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence officials who it says are helping Venezuela’s socialist government crack down on dissent, according to a source with knowledge of the deliberations. Such sanctions would be the first time Washington has targeted a bloc of foreign officials 97

November 9, 2018 4:06 PM Macron and May pay tribute to fallen fighters of the Somme

SOMME VALLEY, France (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May laid a wreath at a memorial in the Somme valley on Friday, honoring fallen World War One soldiers on the eve of the centenary of the war’s end. The Somme Offensive, waged in 1916, was intended to hasten a victory for the allies against the German 76

November 6, 2018 10:53 AM Turkey's Erdogan says joint U.S.-Kurdish patrols near Syria border unacceptable

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that U.S.-Kurdish joint patrols near the Turkish-Syrian border were unacceptable and he expected U.S. President Donald Trump to stop them. Erdogan, set to meet Trump in Paris this weekend, told reporters he would discuss the patrols carried out by the United States and allied Kurdish 82

November 1, 2018 3:29 PM Turkey starts joint patrols with U.S. forces in Syria's Manbij

ISTANBUL/MANBIJ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish and U.S. forces began joint patrols on Thursday in the Manbij region of northern Syria, which has been a source of friction between Ankara and Washington in recent years. Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed the start of the patrols in Manbij, about 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border. The two NATO allies 91

September 23, 2018 12:28 PM Iran Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to wreak “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen. Saturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the elite force of the Islamic Republic 216