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In Syria, It’s Game On

March 10, 2019 |

The waiting is over: US-backed forces in Syria are waging an assault to kick ISIS out of its last remaining “caliphate” land, CNN reports. The heavy barrage of mortar fire, explosions, and airstrikes by the Syrian Defense Forces erupted Sunday in Baghouz and officially targeted weapons stores. The forces had…
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British ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s newborn son has died in Syria

March 9, 2019 |

The newborn son of British ISIS bride Shamima Begum has died, the Kurdish Red Crescent confirmed to CNN.
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Trump Alters Syria Troop-Withdrawal Plan

February 23, 2019 |

Under pressure from the Senate , President Trump is leaving behind about 10% of America’s 2,000-troop fighting force in Syria—and will leave them there indefinitely, the Military Times reports. “A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” says Sarah Huckabee Sanders….
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ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow

February 18, 2019 |

More than 1,000 ISIS fighters have likely fled from Syria into the mountains and deserts of western Iraq in the past six months, and they may have up to $ 200 million in cash with them, according to a US military official familiar with situation.
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Top US general: Trump did not consult on Syria announcement

February 6, 2019 |

The commander of US Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said Tuesday he “was not consulted” prior to President Donald Trump’s December announcement that the US would withdraw its troops from Syria.
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Russia, Turkey Leaders Discuss Deeper Partnership in Syria

January 26, 2019 |

Russia’s president and his Turkish counterpart discussed in Moscow how to divide up control of northern Syria when U.S. troops leave, highlighting Washington’s diminished say in Syrian affairs.
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Israel Makes Rare Move After Syria Airstrikes

January 21, 2019 |

In an extraordinary statement, the Israeli military confirmed early Monday that it attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. The statement was issued hours after Israeli missile defenses intercepted an incoming missile over the Golan Heights in…
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Suicide blast may be a taste of what’s to come as US forces leave Syria

January 17, 2019 |

The drive down to the frontlines with ISIS is long and dangerous. Our escorts from the Kurdish-led forces insisted on taking us in armored vehicles from their base in the al-Omar oilfield. There are ISIS sleeper cells all around, they explained. They come out at night to plant roadside bombs.
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ISIS claims deadly Syria attack that killed US troops

January 17, 2019 |

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that killed four Americans — two US service members, a defense contractor and a Department of Defense civilian — in the Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday, according to the US military.
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Rand Paul, after WH meeting on Syria and Afghanistan, suggests Trump is committed to pullout

January 17, 2019 |

Following a closely-watched White House meeting on Syria and Afghanistan, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul suggested that President Trump remains committed to pulling troops out of those countries despite a deadly terrorist attack that killed U.S. military personnel in Syria earlier in the day.
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