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Syrians with temporary U.S. protection brace for Trump decision

January 25, 2018
Yeganeh Torbati | Reuters
Targeted by the Syrian government after providing humanitarian supplies to civilians fleeing air strikes, Mohammad Alala and his wife escaped in 2012, eventually obtaining student visas to enter the United States.
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U.S. Border Plan in Syria Fuels Tensions With Turkey

January 18, 2018
Nancy Youssef, Sune Engel Rasmussen, Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal
A U.S. plan to turn its Syrian Kurdish allies into a semiprofessional border force is stoking new tensions with NATO ally Turkey, which threatened Wednesday to launch an attack on Kurdish areas of northern Syria.
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U.S. to Send More Diplomats and Personnel to Syria

December 30, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration plans to expand the number of U.S. diplomats and contractors in eastern Syria to help stabilize the once Islamic State-controlled part of the country, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.
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U.S. to Remain in Syria Indefinitely, Pentagon Officials Say

December 9, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon plans to keep some U.S. forces in Syria indefinitely, even after a war against the Islamic State extremist group formally ends, to take part in what it describes as ongoing counterterrorism operations, officials said.
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Trump cedes Syrian postwar planning to Putin

November 22, 2017
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
With rebel fighters largely routed and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, driven from most of Syria’s territory, experts and U.S. officials say the real fight now is about a regional power struggle playing out in the country.
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US-Russia Agreement Calls for Cease-Fire in Southwest Syria

July 10, 2017
Vivian Salama, Josh Lederman, Ken Thomas | Associated Press
The United States and Russia struck an agreement Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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White House Says Syria May Be Preparing Another Chemical Attack, Warns Assad Will "Pay A Heavy Price"

June 27, 2017
Nancy Youssef, Claudia Koerner | Buzzfeed
Syria appears to be preparing a new chemical weapons attack against its citizens, the White House said Monday, warning that if the weapons are again used, the US will make the Syrian government "pay a heavy price."
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Trump Shared Intelligence Secrets With Russians in Oval Office Meeting

May 16, 2017
Carol Lee, Shane Harris | The Wall Street Journal
President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence obtained from a close U.S. ally with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador in a meeting last week, according to U.S. officials, potentially jeopardizing critical intelligence-sharing agreements in the fight against Islamic State.
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Trump acknowledges ‘facts’ shared with Russian envoys during White House meeting

May 16, 2017
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
President Trump appeared to acknowledge Tuesday that he revealed highly classified information to Russia — a stunning confirmation of a Washington Post story and a move that contradicted his own White House team after it scrambled to deny the report.
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