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Hours after U.S. troops killed in Syria, Pence says Islamic State defeated

16 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON Islamic State has been defeated in Syria, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, hours after Americans were killed in a northern Syria bomb attack claimed by the militant group. | Video

How Trump slowed rush for Syria exits after huddle in Iraq

15 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighbouring Iraq the day after Christmas.

U.S., Turkey at odds over Kurdish fighters in Syria

14 Jan 2019

ISTANBUL/RIYADH The United States and Turkey sparred on Monday over the fate of U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria, with Washington insisting they not be harmed and Ankara rejecting a perceived U.S. threat to punish Turkey economically if it attacked them. | Video

Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo lands in Riyadh

14 Jan 2019

DOHA/RIYADH U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbours had gone on for too long and was threatening regional unity needed to counter Iran. | Video

U.S.'s Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murder

14 Jan 2019

RIYADH U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Saudi leaders assured him everyone responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be held accountable, as Riyadh tries to resolve its biggest political crisis in a generation.

Pompeo says Trump's Turkey threat will not alter Syria troop withdrawal

14 Jan 2019

RIYADH U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to devastate Turkey economically should it attack a Washington-backed Kurdish militia in Syria would not change plans to withdraw troops from the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.

Pompeo says Trump's Turkey threat will not alter Syria troop withdrawal

14 Jan 2019

RIYADH U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to devastate Turkey economically should it attack a Washington-backed Kurdish militia in Syria would not change plans to withdraw troops from the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.

Pompeo says good outcome possible for both Turkey and Syrian Kurds

12 Jan 2019

ABU DHABI U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a "good outcome" could be reached between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish groups, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister.

In Cairo, Pompeo blasts Obama's Middle East policies

10 Jan 2019

CAIRO U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday accused Barack Obama of sowing chaos by abandoning the Middle East to Islamist militants and Iranian influence in a blistering critique of the former president's policies even as Pompeo's boss, President Donald Trump, moves to pull American troops out of Syria. | Video

Turkey says military operation in Syria not dependent on U.S. pull-out

10 Jan 2019

ANKARA/CAIRO Turkey's planned military operation against a Kurdish militia in Syria does not depend on an American withdrawal from the region, Ankara said on Thursday, signalling Turkey remained undeterred by U.S. efforts to protect its local partners.

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