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U.S. Strikes Shiite Militia Targets in Iraq and Syria

December 30, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Michael R. Gordon, Isabel Coles | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. carried out airstrikes against an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group in Iraq and Syria, in the Trump administration’s most forceful response to Tehran’s assertive posture in the region.
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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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Political impact and terror threats in the wake of Baghdadi's death

October 28, 2019
Pierre Thomas | ABC News
US authorities are monitoring the reaction to al-Baghdadi's death very closely at home. Concern about ISIS was already heightened. Authorities recognize the real concern of ISIS sleepers or sympathizers responding in real time to the killing of their leader.
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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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Trump lifts Turkey sanctions, Russia calls shots in Syria ceasefire

October 24, 2019
Paula Reid | CBS News
A Russian news agency says Kurdish forces have started leaving northern Syria, with Russian troops moving to enforce a ceasefire along the Turkish border. President Trump has lifted sanctions against Turkey as a reward for making a deal with Russia to stop the fighting.
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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 defiant amid Syria fallout

October 19, 2019
Kelly O'Donnell | NBC News
President Trump is defending the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, despite critics like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling the decision “a grave strategic mistake.”
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Pence, Thrown Into Turkey Negotiations, Pleases Few With Erdogan Agreement

October 19, 2019
Annie Karni | The New York Times
After a frenzied rush to obtain visas and a push by the Secret Service to organize in 48 hours a foreign visit that would normally take weeks to plan, the 35-hour door-to-door trip was yet another illustration of the perils of being Mr. Trump’s vice president. By the time he returned to Washington early Friday morning, the cease-fire agreement he negotiated had been roundly denounced, even by Republicans, as a capitulation to Mr. Erdogan.
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Inside Mike Pence's 9 hours in Turkey

October 18, 2019
Kaitlan Collins | CNN
The vice president declared there would be a five-day pause in military operations while the US facilitated the withdrawal of the Kurdish-led YPG militia from affected areas in the the "safe zone" controlled by Turkish forces. Pence said he had been sent to "stop the violence," and he had achieved his goal.
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