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U.S. withdrawal from Syria begins

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/11/19, 01:07 pm

The United States is beginning its “deliberate withdrawal from Syria,” starting with the removal of some military equipment, U.S. military officials said Friday. “Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations, or troop movements,” Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition combating Islamic State (ISIS), said in a statement.

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Loss of faith

Middle East | Trump’s Syria turnabout is a trust-breaker and a death sentence for U.S. allies
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/02/19, 02:42 pm

If anyone at Church of the Good Shepherd in Afrin celebrated President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria, they weren’t Christians. The church was emptied of its regular worshippers when a militia backed by Turkey invaded a year ago, setting fire to the church in a once-multiethnic and peaceful city barely 70 miles from the U.S. base at Manbij. The church became a jihadist war room, as Sharia law and the Turkish language took over in Afrin.

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Lawmakers react to Syria troop removal

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/20/18, 11:15 am

WASHINGTON—Lawmakers from both parties criticized President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to withdraw troops from Syria, saying it may open the door for Islamic State (ISIS) to regain territory and power. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., typically a strong Trump ally, said he feared a repeat of what happened in 2011 when former President Barack Obama pulled troops from Iraq, eventually clearing the way for ISIS to grab territory. “If Obama had done this, we’d be going nuts right now,” Graham said.

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