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Trump Intervenes in War Crimes Cases Against Three U.S. Military Members

November 16, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump intervened in war crime cases against three members of the U.S. military on Friday, issuing pardons for two and restoring the rank of a third, all despite Pentagon concerns that such actions could undermine the military justice system.
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White House and Pentagon prepare for Trump to issue pardons in war-crimes cases, officials say

November 15, 2019
Josh Dawsey, Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post
President Trump is expected to intervene in three military justice cases involving service members charged with war crimes any day, issuing pardons or otherwise clearing them of wrongdoing and preventing the U.S. military from bringing the same charges again, three U.S. officials said Thursday.
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U.S. Recovered Valuable Intelligence in Baghdadi Raid

October 29, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military raid resulting in the death of Islamic State founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also yielded an array of valuable intelligence concerning the militant group and its top leaders, defense officials said, providing details that likely will lead to future operations.
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Inside the Mission That Killed Islamic State Leader Baghdadi

October 28, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Michael C. Bender, Raja Abdulrahim | The Wall Street Journal
The story of Baghdadi’s final moments is also one of American intelligence gathering, military force and astonishing warfare technology.
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U.S. Weighs Leaving More Troops, Sending Battle Tanks to Syria

October 25, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The White House is considering options for leaving about 500 U.S. troops in northeast Syria and for sending dozens of battle tanks and other equipment, officials said Thursday, the latest in an array of scenarios following President Trump’s decision this month to remove all troops there.
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For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return

October 22, 2019
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The Taliban have wanted the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Turkey has wanted the Americans out of northern Syria and North Korea has wanted them to at least stop military exercises with South Korea. President Trump has now to some extent at least obliged all three — but without getting much of anything in return.
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U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Will Be Assigned to Iraq, Defense Chief Says

October 21, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
All of the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops ordered to leave northeastern Syria will move to western Iraq and will conduct U.S. operations against the Islamic State extremist group from there, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
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Trump Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy

October 7, 2019
Maggie Haberman, Eric Schmitt, Edward Wong | The New York Times
In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had given his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria.
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Pentagon Weighs Sending More Military Assets to Mideast

September 20, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon is considering sending additional antimissile batteries, another squadron of jet fighters and added surveillance capabilities to the Middle East to shore up the military’s regional presence in the wake of the attack last weekend on Saudi Arabia’s petroleum industry, U.S. military officials said.
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