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Ilhan Omar Clashed With Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Over Washington's Role in Latin America. Here's the History Behind Her Claims

Ilhan Omar Clashed With Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Over Washington's Role in Latin America. Here's the History Behind Her ClaimsThe Iran-Contra Affair and the El Mozote massacre were among the darkest chapters of U.S. intervention in the region



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Elliott Abrams bristles at Rep. Ilhan Omar's 'attack' for his Iran-Contra role

Elliott Abrams bristles at Rep. Ilhan Omar's 'attack' for his Iran-Contra roleElliott Abrams, who pleaded guilty in 1991 to withholding information from Congress, was appointed as U.S. envoy to Venezuela on Friday.



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Trump Venezuela envoy interrogated by Ilhan Omar over his role in Iran-Contra scandal

Trump Venezuela envoy interrogated by Ilhan Omar over his role in Iran-Contra scandalDonald Trump’s envoy to Venezuela was left flustered and visibly angry following an interrogation by Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar over his controversial political past. Elliot Abrams was appointed special envoy to Venezuela last month to help lead the US response to the political crisis in the South American country, which is seeing widespread hunger and violence following the collapse of its economy. On Wednesday, Mr Abrams, who served in the Reagan administration, testified in front of the House foreign affairs select committee, where he was subjected to a fierce line of questioning by Ms Omar.



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Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role in peace talks

Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role in peace talksShanahan, making his first trip to Afghanistan in his new role, met U.S. troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Ghani’s government has been shut out of the peace talks between Taliban negotiators and U.S. envoys, with the hardline Islamist movement branding it a U.S. puppet. “It is important that the Afghan government is involved in discussions regarding Afghanistan,” Shanahan told reporters traveling with him on the previously unannounced trip.



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Trump adviser Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe as he takes on a new role: defendant

Trump adviser Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe as he takes on a new role: defendantRoger Stone pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to Congress about Trump campaign efforts to learn of emails stolen by the Russian government.



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This Quiet Mueller Cooperator Has a Key Role in Trump Probe

This Quiet Mueller Cooperator Has a Key Role in Trump ProbeRick Gates, who spent about a decade working for Kremlin-backed political players in Ukraine, served as Donald Trump’s deputy campaign manager for four months and then became the campaign’s liaison to the Republican National Committee. Weeks later, he appears to have met with Mnuchin and Barrack again for an appointment marked as personal on the Treasury secretary’s calendar.



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Ocasio-Cortez Takes Shot at Banks in Embracing Committee Role

Ocasio-Cortez Takes Shot at Banks in Embracing Committee RoleThe progressive firebrand, who isn’t yet officially a member of the House Financial Services Committee, took to Twitter Wednesday to send a number of missives arguing that the era of banks using campaign contributions to buy legislative favors is coming to an end.



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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.



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Putin Says Russia, Turkey Will Play a ‘Decisive' Role in Syria Peace

Putin Says Russia, Turkey Will Play a ‘Decisive' Role in Syria PeaceIn a New Year’s message to Erdogan published by the Kremlin on Sunday, Putin said that “Moscow and Ankara are making a decisive contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria, as well as to the promotion of a political settlement in that country.”His comment came a day after the Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers, as well as the countries’ intelligence chiefs, held talks in Moscow on Syria as they move to fill the void left by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to order a military pullout. “We reached an agreement on how Russian and Turkish military representatives on the ground will continue to coordinate their actions in these new conditions, with the goal of decisively defeating the terrorist threat in Syria,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after the talks.



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Trump declares end to US 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

Trump declares end to US 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visitTrump landed at 7:16 pm local time at Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, accompanied by his wife Melania, following what he described as a stressful, secrecy shrouded flight on a “pitch black” Air Force One. A planned meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi was scrapped and replaced by a phone call, the premier’s office said. During the call, Trump invited Abdel Mahdi to visit Washington and he accepted, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.



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