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Trump: Almost all ISIS territory reclaimed

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/07/19, 11:01 am

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he expects to announce next week that the United States and its partners have retaken 100 percent of Islamic State (ISIS) territory in Iraq and Syria. “Thanks to the global coalition, including all of you here today and to our other partners, the ISIS caliphate has been decimated,” he said during a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the State Department in Washington. The meeting included foreign ministers and senior officials from the 79-member coalition.

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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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