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Kurdish fighters pull out of flashpoint town: Syria's defense ministry

Kurdish fighters pull out of flashpoint town: Syria's defense ministryA convoy of Syrian Kurdish fighters has pulled out of the flashpoint area of Manbij in northern Syria, close to territory controlled by Turkey, Syria’s defense ministry said on Wednesday. Some 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, the town occupies a critical spot on the map of the Syrian conflict, near the junction of three separate blocks of territory that form spheres of Russian, Turkish and – for now – U.S. influence. “According to information, approximately 400 Kurdish fighters have left Manbij so far,” the Syrian defense ministry said.



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What led Trump to decide to pull US troops from Syria? The president must now come up with a new strategy for Iran

What led Trump to decide to pull US troops from Syria? The president must now come up with a new strategy for IranNational Security Analyst Walid Phares weighs in on the impact of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria.



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Trump to pull half of US troops from Afghanistan

Trump to pull half of US troops from AfghanistanUS President Donald Trump has decided to pull about 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, a US official said Friday, but the Afghan presidency brushed off concerns the drawdown would affect security. The move stunned and dismayed diplomats and officials in Kabul who are intensifying a push to end the 17-year conflict with the Taliban, which already controls vast amounts of territory and is causing “unsustainable” Afghan troop casualties. “If you’re the Taliban, Christmas has come early,” a senior foreign official in the Afghan capital told AFP on the condition of anonymity.



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Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops

Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troopsAlthough there has been increasing acceptance in Kabul that U.S. President Donald Trump was impatient for progress in ending the 17-year war, comment from a U.S. official that he was planning to withdraw at least 5,000 troops, coupled with the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, came as a surprise. Mattis has been widely seen in Afghanistan as a guarantor of U.S. engagement, and his departure would inevitability raise worries in the minds of many Afghan officials. The news followed a two-day meeting in Abu Dhabi between U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives at which the two sides discussed the withdrawal of international forces and a ceasefire in 2019.



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Trump move to pull US troops from Syria opens way to turmoil

Trump move to pull US troops from Syria opens way to turmoilBEIRUT (AP) — The United States' Kurdish allies had been gearing up for a new fight for weeks, digging trenches and defense tunnels in northeastern Syria in preparation for an offensive Turkey's president warned was imminent.



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Networks pull Trump ad on migrants — even Fox News

Networks pull Trump ad on migrants — even Fox NewsThe cable network joins NBC in pulling the ad that has been decried by Republicans and Democrats alike.



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Cold War II: Trump threat to pull out of INF Treaty could set off new arms race

Cold War II: Trump threat to pull out of INF Treaty could set off new arms raceThe Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty banning medium-range missiles in Europe is far from perfect, and Russia clearly was cheating on it – but experts say it serves a purpose.



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The Latest: Police pull migrants off buses amid caravan.

The Latest: Police pull migrants off buses amid caravan.HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — The latest on the caravan of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States (all times local):



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Is the GOP facing a 'thumping' or 'shellacking' — or can it pull off an escape?

Is the GOP facing a 'thumping' or 'shellacking' — or can it pull off an escape?In 2006 President George W. Bush called it a “thumping.” In 2010 President Barack Obama compared it to a “shellacking.” If the polls and prognostications are correct and Republicans end up losing the House on Nov. 6, how will President Trump describe the experience? It’s worth asking after the week Trump’s GOP just had. For months now forecasters have given Democrats a better chance than Republicans of running the next House of Representatives.



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Protesters pull down Confederate statue at University of North Carolina

Protesters pull down Confederate statue at University of North CarolinaPolice stand guard after the Confederate statue known as ‘Silent Sam’ was toppled by protesters. The controversial “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been toppled by protesters. WRAL-TV reports that more than 300 people gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7.30 on Monday evening before marching to the Confederate statue’s base and calling for its removal.



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