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Turkey Rejects U.S. Call for Immediate Cease-Fire in Syria

October 17, 2019
Vivian Salama, David Gauthier-Villars, Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal
Turkey dismissed a U.S. call for an immediate cease-fire in northeast Syria, pressing ahead with its military offensive as senior Trump administration officials rushed to Ankara to try to halt fighting triggered by the withdrawal of American troops from the region.
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Trump tries to distance himself from chaos in Syria as tensions with lawmakers in both parties escalate

October 17, 2019
Seung Min Kim, Mike DeBonis | The Washington Post
President Trump on Wednesday attempted to distance himself from the escalating chaos in northern Syria following his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region and lashed out at lawmakers critical of the decision, including during an extraordinary White House meeting that ended in acrimony.
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Turkey's Erdoğan walks back refusal to meet with Pence and Pompeo

October 16, 2019
Jonathan Swan, Rashaan Ayesh | Axios
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Sky News Wednesday that he will not meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading a delegation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to discuss a ceasefire in northern Syria.
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Trump threatens Turkey with new sanctions

October 15, 2019
Martha Raddatz | ABC News
President Trump’s threat for even tougher sanctions follows the president’s conversation just over a week ago that essentially opened the door for Turkey to invade Syria.
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What Turkey’s assault on northern Syria means for civilians, regional stability

October 11, 2019
Amna Nawaz | The PBS NewsHour
Turkey continued its military assault into northern Syria on Thursday. Aid agencies warn that nearly half a million people near the border are at risk from the violence, which is drawing criticism from many U.S. officials.
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Republicans deliver rare rebuke of Trump, slamming his Syria withdrawal decision

October 8, 2019
Toluse Olorunnipa, Seung Min Kim | The Washington Post
President Trump faced a swift torrent of Republican criticism Monday as lawmakers rebuked his plan to withdraw troops from northeast Syria, a move Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said would undermine U.S. national security and potentially bolster Islamic State terrorists.
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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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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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