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Release of American mercenaries in Haiti adds to unrest

International | Plus, keeping a troop presence in Syria and forcing aid into Venezuela
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/22/19, 11:31 am

HAITI: The arrests and release of five former U.S. military officers carrying a cache of weapons in Port-au-Prince has created a political uproar among Haitians already upset with President Javenal Moise, amid rising street unrest. Instead of standing trial, the Americans were removed from the country under U.S. State Department escort.

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U.S. to keep 200 troops in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/22/19, 11:07 am

The White House on Thursday said 200 U.S. soldiers will remain in Syria, dialing back President Donald Trump’s December announcement that he would withdraw all 2,000 troops from the country. “A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. The announcement followed a Thursday phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the two leaders agreed to keep working on “the creation of a potential safe zone.”

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U.S. blocks ISIS bride from returning

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/21/19, 11:37 am

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered the State Department to bar an Alabama woman who joined Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria from returning to the United States. Hoda Muthana, 24, told The Guardian last week at a refugee camp in northern Syria that she was brainwashed online and regrets joining the group. Muthana left for Syria in 2014, married several ISIS fighters, and now has an 18-month-old son.

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