Tag Archives: Iraq

Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in Iraq

Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in IraqTheir home countries don’t want them and holding trials in Syria isn’t an option: now suspected foreign jihadists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq. As the final shred of the once-sprawling jihadist “caliphate” crumbles in eastern Syria, Kurdish-led forces backed by the US have captured hundreds more diehard foreign fighters. The American military — which spearheads an international coalition fighting IS — has in the past shown itself willing to hand those captured in Syria to the authorities in Iraq.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran': CBS interview

Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran': CBS interviewThe Republican president lamented “endless wars” in Syria and Afghanistan in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” and made clear he wants to reduce the costly U.S. military presence in those countries despite warnings against such moves from his military advisers and spy chiefs. The United States could rely heavily on intelligence work in Afghanistan, he said, and respond to developments in Syria from U.S. bases in neighboring Iraq. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have sent weapons and thousands of soldiers to Syria to help shore up the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a 7-year civil war there.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Lindsey Graham to CNN host on Iraq withdrawal issue: 'That's a bunch of bulls***'

Lindsey Graham to CNN host on Iraq withdrawal issue: 'That's a bunch of bulls***'Sen. Lindsey Graham said that former President Barack Obama is to blame for “everything we’re dealing with today” because of his decision to withdraw from Iraq in 2011.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Iraq hints at bigger role in Syria after U.S. withdrawal

Iraq hints at bigger role in Syria after U.S. withdrawalIraq’s prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria. “This issue has a lot of complications,” Adel Abdul Mahdi told reporters, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement this month that he will withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq’s neighbor. “If any negative development takes place in Syria it will affect us.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Trump tweets video of secretive SEAL team in Iraq

Trump tweets video of secretive SEAL team in IraqPresident Donald Trump may have inadvertently unmasked a Navy SEAL team during his short visit to a US base in Iraq this week. Ordinarily, the whereabouts of special operations forces are a closely held secret. In one scene, he is giving a thumbs-up alongside a group of what appear to be special operations forces.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq

In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in IraqTrump was looking for some positive headlines after several days of turmoil over his decisions to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, pull out half of the 14,000-strong contingent in Afghanistan, and push out Defense Secretary James Mattis two months earlier than planned for criticizing his policies. Accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and speaking at the Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, Trump defended the withdrawal from Syria and said it was made possible by the defeat of Islamic State militants. “Our presence in Syria was not open ended and it was never intended to be permanent,” he told troops wearing camouflage fatigues in a hangar at the base.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

For liberal media, Trump's visit to US troops in Iraq can't go uncriticized: Today's talker

For liberal media, Trump's visit to US troops in Iraq can't go uncriticized: Today's talkerAs the news media bashed Trump for not visiting troops this Christmas, he was on his way to Iraq. Instead of fessing up, critics doubled down.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Trump's surprise troop visit sparks criticism in Iraq

Trump's surprise troop visit sparks criticism in IraqPresident Donald Trump’s lightning Christmas visit with US troops in Iraq has triggered questions and criticism in a country deeply divided over Washington’s influence since the 2003 US invasion. The Wednesday visit, Trump’s first with US troops in a conflict zone since he took office two years ago, came days after a shock decision to pull all American troops from neighbouring Syria. Trump’s trip was veiled in such secrecy there was speculation that Iraqi authorities had not been informed, and the US leader did not meet with Iraqi officials.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

President Trump Returns to White House After Surprise Iraq Trip

President Trump Returns to White House After Surprise Iraq TripPresident Trump returned to Washington D.C. early Thursday following a surprise trip to Iraq



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Trump defends Syria pullout during surprise visit to Iraq

Trump defends Syria pullout during surprise visit to IraqTrump made the decision on Syria abruptly last week, against the advice of top aides and commanders, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned the next day. Trump said he had told his advisers, “let’s get out of Syria,” but was persuaded to stay, before deciding last week to bring the 2,000 troops home. It’s time for us to start using our head,” the president told reporters at the Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad where he and first lady Melania Trump spent a little more than three hours on the ground with U.S. troops.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines