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Trump Says Islamic State About to Lose Its Last Hold on Syrian Land

March 21, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump said the Islamic State extremist group would suffer its final territorial defeat by Wednesday evening, even as U.S.-backed fighters in Syria were still completing the battle against the militants.
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U.S. Military Now Preparing to Leave as Many as 1,000 Troops in Syria

March 18, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military is crafting plans to keep nearly 1,000 forces in Syria, U.S. officials said, a shift that comes three months after President Trump ordered a complete withdrawal and is far more than the White House originally intended.
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U.S. Still Hunting for Allied Cooperation in Syria

March 9, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
Trump administration officials didn’t secure commitments from key European allies to send military forces to Syria, passing a target date set for Friday, but said they would continue building their case for allied involvement to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State extremist group.
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U.S. to Revise Military Strategy for Exiting Syria

February 23, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military on Friday began to revamp its strategy in Syria, after President Trump decided to shift course and keep several hundred American troops in the country.
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200 U.S. Troops to Stay in Syria, White House Says

February 22, 2019
Annie Karni | The New York Times
The White House said on Thursday that it planned to leave about 200 American troops in Syria, signaling a partial retreat from President Trump’s announcement in December that he would withdraw all 2,000 forces after what he described as a victory over the Islamic State.
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At Least Four Americans Killed in Syria Attack Claimed by Islamic State

January 17, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Raja Abdulrahim | The Wall Street Journal
A bombing in Syria claimed by Islamic State killed at least four Americans on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, hardening divisions in Washington over President Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from the country.
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Four Americans Killed in Islamic State Attack in Syria, Official Says

January 16, 2019
Jennifer Jacobs, Onur Ant | Bloomberg
U.S. forces in Syria sustained what may be their deadliest attack yet just a month after President Donald Trump claimed victory over Islamic State terrorists in the country and ordered a pullout of the American military.
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Trump Iraq Visit Is Called a Political Rally

December 27, 2018
Annie Karni | New York Times
“During his surprise visit to American troops in Iraq and Germany this week, President Trump singled out red “Make America Great Again” caps in a sea of military fatigues, signed a “Trump 2020” patch and accused Representative Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats of being weak on border security.”
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Trump Unites Left and Right Against Troop Plans, but Puts Off Debate on War Aims

December 27, 2018
Mark Landler | New York Times
“President Trump managed to do something remarkable with his abrupt order last week to withdraw all American troops from Syria and half from Afghanistan: unite the left and right against a plan to extract the United States from two long, costly and increasingly futile conflicts.”
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