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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 90

January 4, 2019 4:44 AM Navy SEAL to plead not guilty to murder charge of ISIS teen

SAN DIEGO – A decorated Navy SEAL is facing charges of premediated murder and other offenses in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017 and the shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher is also accused of posing with the teen's corpse at his re-enlistment 87

January 3, 2019 6:18 PM US airstrike kills 10 al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, military says

FILE - The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab continues to control large parts of the country’s southern and central regions and carry out deadly bombings against high-profile targets in the capital, Mogadishu. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File) The U.S. military launched its first airstrikes of 2019 in Somalia, picking up where it left off at year’s end. The U.S. military's 82

December 23, 2018 6:57 PM Trump talks to Turkey leader about 'slow' Syria troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan about “a slow and highly coordinated” withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, a decision that sparked criticism from U.S. lawmakers, including fellow Republicans. “We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, and the slow and highly coordinated 90

December 21, 2018 9:05 AM Nonprofit Troops Direct helps keep US military personnel well-equipped: report

FILE: Air Force operations on Guam. A Bay Area organization sends equipment to troops overseas. (U.S. Air Force) When U.S. troops overseas fall short on supplies, a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area is among the organizations looking to help. Troops Direct, based in San Ramon, has been sending much-needed equipment to military personnel for about 116

December 20, 2018 3:29 AM Liberal Rep. Barbara Lee in rare agreement with Trump over Syria troop withdrawal

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., was in rare agreement with President Trump on Wednesday after he announced his decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria. Lee, who recently lost her bid for House Speaker to fellow Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also a California Democrat, told Fox News that she's "long called for a troop withdrawal on Syria" because Congress "has not authorized" 174

December 19, 2018 5:23 PM Pentagon says it starts process of returning U.S. troops from Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said Wednesday it had started the process of returning U.S. troops from Syria as the United States began to transition into the next phase of the campaign. “The Coalition has liberated the ISIS-held territory, but the campaign against ISIS is not over,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement, using an acronym 89

December 19, 2018 3:41 PM Republican Senator Graham says Syria withdrawal would be 'a mistake'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a frequent defender of the president, said a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw troops from Syria would be “a mistake”. “An American withdrawal at this time would be a big win for ISIS, Iran, Bashar al Assad of Syria, and Russia. I fear it will lead to devastating consequences for our nation 122

December 19, 2018 12:40 AM Arizona man gets 12 years in prison for helping student join ISIS in Syria

In this undated photo provided by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Samy el-Goarany poses for a photo with a weapon and the ISIS flag. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern Distirct of New York via AP) (U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York via AP) NEW YORK – An Arizona man convicted of helping 88

December 2, 2018 9:38 PM Senior ISIS leader involved in killing of former US Army Ranger killed in drone strike, coalition says

Former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig, pictured here, was captured in Syria in 2013. The U.S.-led coalition said that Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in Kassig's death, was killed in a drone strike on Sunday. (Ropi/ZUMA Wire) Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in the brutal murder of former U.S. Army Ranger Peter 152