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John McCain Accuses Trump Of 'Emboldening' Assad With Talk Of Withdrawal

John McCain Accuses Trump Of 'Emboldening' Assad With Talk Of WithdrawalSen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that signals from President Donald



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U.S. general says not planning Manbij troop withdrawal – CNN

U.S. general says not planning Manbij troop withdrawal - CNNThe United States has no plans to withdraw troops stationed near the town of Manbij in northern Syria despite warnings from Turkey to remove its forces immediately, CNN quoted the U.S. Central Command chief General Joseph Votel as saying. Pulling U.S. forces from Manbij is “not something we are looking into”, the channel’s website reported Votel as saying on Sunday during a trip to the Middle East. Turkey, which is waging a military offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin, has repeatedly said it will also drive the YPG militia from the mainly Arab town of Manbij, east of Afrin.



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Vladimir Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase 

Vladimir Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase Vladimir Putin has said Russia will withdraw the bulk of its forces from Syria following the "successful intervention" in the conflict there. The announcement comes after the defence ministry said last week that Russia had “completely liberated” Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), despite reports that the terrorist group still controls some remote territory there.  Speaking to soldiers at Russia's Khmeimim airbase during his first trip to Syria, where he was welcomed by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Mr Putin said he was ordering the defence minister and head of the general staff to begin withdrawing Russian forces to their home bases.   “In two-and-a-half years, Russia's military along with the Syrian army have defeated the most battle-worthy gang of international terrorists,” Mr Putin said. “In connection with this, I've made the decision that a significant part of the Russian military contingent located in the Syrian Arab Republic will return home to Russia.” VIDEO: Putin visits Russian troops at Syria’s #Khmeimim Airbase t.co/yX35LANrqSpic.twitter.com/DVXZdl5kHS— RT (@RT_com) 11 December 2017 Moscow will continue to operate the Khmeimim airbase as well as its naval base in Tartus and will crush any further terrorist activities in Syria, he said.  “If the terrorists raise their head again, we will hit them with such strikes as they have never seen,” Mr Putin said. “We will never forget the casualties and losses that we suffered in the fight with terrorism here in Syria as well as at home in Russia.”  Vladimir Putin with Bashar al-Assad during his visit at Hmeymim base Credit: Kremlin Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The president told his troops they were “returning with victory” to their homeland and loved ones. Mr Putin's triumphant visit to Syria comes days after he said he would run for re-election in March, a vote that is expected to keep him in power until 2024, nearly as long as Joseph Stalin. He is expected to make Russia's more aggressive foreign policy and defiance of the West a centerpiece of his campaign. Assad welcomes Putin  The leaders embrace on the tarmac Mr Putin also met with president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt on Monday and was traveling on to Turkey to speak with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of a strengthening of ties and the two countries. During the sit-down, Mr al-Sisi called for the Syria de-escalation zones established by Iran, Russia and Turkey to be expanded. Mr Putin said Russia was ready to resume flights to Egypt, which were suspended after the bombing of a Russian airliner on Halloween 2015. Russia has also been drafting an agreement to deploy warplanes to Egypt, further increasing its presence in the Middle East.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian and Turkish leaders would discuss a political solution to the Syrian war. Mr Putin has met Mr Erdogan, who he once denounced as a backstabber after Turkey shot down a Russian plane in 2015, four times in the past two months. Vladimir Putin, left, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, arrive for their talks in Cairo Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Russia's casualties have been mounting in Syria as its ground presence grew from advisers and military contractors to include special forces this fall, although the exact number of deaths remains secret. In September, Russia's top military adviser was killed by a mortar strike, and two Russians who were reportedly working for a Russian private contractor were captured by Isil and executed in September. Read more | Escape from Isil Mr Putin announced an air campaign in September 2015 to support his ally, an intervention that has turned the tide of the war and positioned Russia as one of the most influential voices in talks to deterine Syria's future. Russia, Turkey and Iran have been holding rival negotiations to the Western-backed talks in Geneva.  Al-Assad visited Sochi last month, hugging his Russian counterpart and thanking him for “Russia's efforts to save our country”. Mr Putin returned the gesture and hugged al-Assad when he disembarked his presidential plane in Syria on Monday.



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On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from SyriaRussian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia’s troops from the war-torn country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Putin at his presidential complex in Ankara for a closed-door meeting. This is the eighth face-to-face meeting between Putin and Erdogan this year, a sign of the intensity of a relationship that had hit rock bottom in November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian war plane over Syria.



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Syria demands 'immediate' withdrawal of Turkey troops: SANA

Syria demands 'immediate' withdrawal of Turkey troops: SANASyria on Saturday demanded the “immediate and unconditional withdrawal” of Turkish troops that have deployed in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib, state media said citing a foreign ministry source. Turkish troops entered Idlib on Thursday night as part of efforts to enforce a so-called “de-escalation zone” agreed by rebel backer Ankara and regime allies Russia and Iran at talks in Astana earlier this year.



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If Trump says Iran violating nuclear deal, does not mean U.S. withdrawal: Haley

If Trump says Iran violating nuclear deal, does not mean U.S. withdrawal: HaleyIf U.S. President Donald Trump tells Congress in October that Iran is not complying with a 2015 nuclear deal it brokered with world powers, that does not mean a U.S. withdrawal from the agreement, U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Tuesday. Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days of Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal.



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If Trump pulls trigger on NAFTA withdrawal, Mexico will walk away

If Trump pulls trigger on NAFTA withdrawal, Mexico will walk awayForeign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday that Mexico will leave the negotiating table if U.S. President Donald Trump goes ahead with a threat to start the process of withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).



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Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan

Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan“My instinct was to pull out,” Trump said as he spoke of his frustration with a war that has killed thousands of US troops and cost US taxpayers trillions of dollars. While Trump refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior White House officials said he had already authorized his defense secretary to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan. A conflict that began in October 2001 as a hunt for the 9/11 attackers has turned into a vexed effort to keep Afghanistan’s divided and corruption-hindered democracy alive amid a brutal Taliban insurgency.



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China urges India withdrawal in standoff, stages drills

China urges India withdrawal in standoff, stages drillsBEIJING (AP) — China renewed a call for India to immediately withdraw its troops from disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains, following a report that Chinese forces recently held live firing drills in the region.



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‘French Toast’: Newspapers react to U.S.’s withdrawal from Paris deal

‘French Toast’: Newspapers react to U.S.’s withdrawal from Paris dealHow newspapers nationwide and across the world reacted to President Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate deal.



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