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Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

20 Oct 2019

KABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States' longest war. | Video

All U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria expected to go to western Iraq - Pentagon chief

20 Oct 2019

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and "to help defend Iraq."

U.S. ground troops will not enforce Syria safe zone - defense secretary

18 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States "is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria."

U.S. ground troops will not enforce Syria safe zone: defense secretary

18 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States "is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria."

Exclusive: U.S. carried out secret cyber strike on Iran in wake of Saudi oil attack: officials

16 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran, two U.S. officials have told Reuters. | Video

As options narrow on Syria, Trump prepares to drop sanctions hammer on Turkey

14 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey.

U.S. to pull last troops from north Syria; Syrian army to redeploy on border

14 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The United States said on Sunday it will withdraw its remaining 1,000 troops from northern Syria in the face of an expanding Turkish offensive while Syria's army struck a deal with Kurdish forces to redeploy along its border with Turkey, both major victories for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. | Video

Exclusive: U.S. could pull bulk of troops from Syria in matter of days - officials

13 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The United States is considering plans to withdraw the bulk of American troops from northern Syria in the coming days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Sunday, in what would be a faster-than-expected timeline for the U.S. pullout amid Turkey's escalating offensive.

Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria

13 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation "untenable" for U.S. forces.

Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria

13 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation "untenable" for U.S. forces. | Video

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