Foreign policy

Turkish tanks and troops stationed near Syrian town of Manbij, Syria, Tuesday. Oct. 15, 2019. Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government and Turkish forces.(Ugur Can/DHA via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Syria's Kurdish fighters, America's longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. But in fact, the move had been in...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a conference of parliament speakers in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Erdogan says his county "will not take a step back" from its offensive against Syrian Kurdish militants it sees as a national security threat, defying serious warnings from the United States and other Western nations. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
October 15, 2019 - 10:05 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The sanctions the U.S. announced against Turkey this week over its offensive in Syria fall well short of doing serious damage to an economy still healing from a recession and currency collapse. President Donald Trump could take far tougher action that would deter foreign...
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Democratic presidential candidates chosen to participate in fourth debate;
October 15, 2019 - 3:19 am
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Just a month has passed since the last presidential debate, but the state of the Democrats' 2020 race has shifted. The political world is suddenly consumed by an escalating impeachment inquiry, one of the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls is recovering from a heart...
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian troops deploy in the northern town of Tal Tamr, Monday, Oct 14, 2019. The move toward Tal Tamr came a day after Syria's Kurds said Syrian government forces agreed to help them fend off Turkey's invasion — a major shift in alliances that came after President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. troops withdrawn from the northern border area amid the rapidly deepening chaos. (SANA via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 12:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. The United States on Monday also...
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Vice President Mike Pence, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. The U.S. is calling for an immediate ceasefire in Turkey's strikes against Kurds in Syria, and is sending Pence to lead mediation effort (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 14, 2019 - 8:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and the military withdrawal from northern Syria (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says he's being dispatched to the Middle East by President Donald Trump as U.S. troops pull out of northeast Syria and Turkish forces invade...
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National security adviser Robert O'Brien talks with reporters before boarding Air Force One with President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. O’Brien said late Thursday, Oct. 10, that he wants to gradually eliminate about half of the 178 staff members of the National Security Council over the next 15 months. O’Brien, who recently took over after national security adviser John Bolton was ousted by the president, portrayed the cuts as an effort to return to staffing levels of the past. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new national security adviser plans to dramatically cut the White House foreign policy unit as it comes under scrutiny over a whistleblower's complaint that launched an impeachment inquiry by Congress. National security adviser Robert O'Brien said late...
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Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, arrives on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Washington, as she is scheduled to testify before congressional lawmakers on Friday as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 11, 2019 - 8:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch appeared on Capitol Hill Friday for a deposition in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, accepting lawmakers' invitation to testify despite President Donald Trump's declaration that his administration wouldn't cooperate with the...
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President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on "transparency in Federal guidance and enforcement" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 09, 2019 - 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For once, Republicans and Democrats in Congress were in the same place: out of the loop. When it came to President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement that U.S. forces would no longer protect Syrian Kurds from a Turkish invasion, his supporters knew as little as his critics. All...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 11, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as they arrive together for a family photo at a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The White House says Turkey will soon invade Northern Syria, casting uncertainty on the fate of the Kurdish fighters allied with the U.S. against in a campaign against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
October 09, 2019 - 12:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. must escape the "Endless Wars" in the Middle East, President Donald Trump repeatedly declares. Mission accomplished, at least in the shortest of short terms. When on Wednesday Turkey attacked the Kurds, America's longtime battlefield allies, U.S. troops had evacuated from...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., takes questions from reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years studiously avoiding any public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm. That public show of unity ended emphatically when Trump announced he would be withdrawing U.S. forces from northern Syria in advance of an impending Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurdish militia fighters. Graham, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas all joined Democratic colleagues in publicly criticizing the idea, with Graham even going on Fox News to label the decision “short-sighted and irresponsible.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
October 08, 2019 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years studiously avoiding any public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm. That public show of unity ended this week when Trump...
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