eastern Syria

  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    Trump Claim to Syrian Oil Raises Many Questions

    By claiming a right to Syria’s oil, President Donald Trump has added more complexity — as well as additional U.S. forces and time — to an American military mission he has twice declared he was ending so the troops could come home. Extending the mission to secure eastern Syria’s oilfields happens to fit neatly with the Pentagon’s view — supported...

  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    Trump Claim to Syrian Oil Raises Many Questions

    By claiming a right to Syria’s oil, President Donald Trump has added more complexity — as well as additional U.S. forces and time — to an American military mission he has twice declared he was ending so the troops could come home. Extending the mission to secure eastern Syria’s oilfields happens to fit neatly with the Pentagon’s view — supported...

  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    NYPD Steps Up Security for NYC Marathon After ISIS Leader Killed

    New York City’s police department stepped up its show of force this week in Times Square, military installations, other tourist and transit hubs, following the death of the Islamic State group’s leader.

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    NYPD Ups Security After ISIS Leader Killed

    Days after ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid, the NYPD was stepping up security around the city just as a precaution. The department will be keeping security tight through the rest of marathon week. NBC New York’s Jonathan Dienst reports.

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    Islamic State Still Poses Threat After Death of al-Baghdadi

    Eliminating the Islamic State group’s elusive leader gives President Donald Trump a new argument for leaving Syria, but the U.S. military campaign against the extremists is far from finished. The killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. forces leaves the Islamic State without an obvious leader, a major setback for an organization that in March was forced by American troops...

  • Donald Trump Oct 26, 2019

    Russia Calls US Move to Protect Syrian Oil ‘Banditry’

    Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday harshly criticized the United States decision to send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to protect oil fields, calling it “banditry.” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said the move is aimed at keeping the fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants. The decision was the latest sign that...

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2019

    Esper: US Troops, Armored Vehicles Going to Syria Oil Fields

    The U.S. will send armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to bolster defenses against a potential move by Islamic State militants on oil fields controlled by American-backed Syrian Kurds, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. Esper described the added force as “mechanized,” which means it likely will include tanks and other combat vehicles such as Bradley armored infantry carriers. This...

  • Donald Trump Oct 12, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump’s Shoddy Info on Syria, Impeachment

    President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric.

  • Donald Trump Oct 9, 2019

    Turkey Launches Offensive Against Kurdish Fighters in Syria After Trump Calls for US Troop Withdrawal

    Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announced the start of the campaign, which followed an abrupt...

  • Associated Press Oct 7, 2019

    Trump Defends Decision to Abandon Kurdish Allies in Syria

    President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds,...

  • Associated Press Oct 7, 2019

    Trump Defends Decision to Pull U.S. Forces From Syria

    President Donald Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. forces from Northern Syria.

  • Donald Trump Mar 25, 2019

    Syrian Group Wants International Tribunal for IS Detainees

    The U.S-backed Syrian fighters who drove the Islamic State from its last strongholds called Monday for an international tribunal to prosecute hundreds of foreigners rounded up in the nearly five-year campaign against the extremist group. The administration affiliated with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said such a tribunal is needed “for justice to take its course,” particularly after countries have...

  • driver Mar 24, 2019

    US-Backed Syrian Force Clears Area Retaken From IS

    U.S.-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group on Sunday and arrested a number of militants hiding in tunnels, a day after declaring military victory and the end of the extremists’ self-styled caliphate. The U.S.-led coalition said the clearing operations will continue until the area is secure. A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian...

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    US-Allied Syrian Force Declares Victory Over Islamic State

    U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The nearly five-year war that has devastated cities and towns across north Syria and...

  • Asher Klein Mar 19, 2019

    US-Backed Force Says It Captured ISIS Camp in Syria

    U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by ISIS in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group’s collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were among militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces. The taking...

  • Donald Trump Mar 6, 2019

    Angry and Defiant, ISIS Families Surrender in Syria

    Angry crowds evacuating from the last shred of territory held by Islamic State militants in Syria praised the extremist group Wednesday and chanted “Islamic State will remain,” in a menacing show of support, even as defeat loomed. There were no signs of combat as calm prevailed for a third day to allow for evacuations from the eastern Syrian village of...

  • Donald Trump Mar 3, 2019

    ISIS Fighters Put Up Fierce Resistance to Defend Last Pocket

    Islamic State militants are desperately fighting to hang on to the last tiny piece of territory they hold on the riverside in eastern Syria, deploying snipers, guided missiles and surprise tunnel attacks. The resistance prompted a fierce pounding Sunday by the U.S-led coalition and its ground allies in their final push to end the extremist group’s territorial hold. Rings of...

  • Donald Trump Feb 23, 2019

    Told to Leave, ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Holdouts in Syria Stay Devoted

    They were living in holes in the ground, with only dry flatbread to eat at the end. Those injured in an intense military campaign had no access to medical care, and those who were sick had no medicine. Yet, if it were not for the call from their leaders to leave, they would have stayed. Such is the devotion of...

  • Donald Trump Feb 22, 2019

    From Syria, ISIS Slips Into Iraq to Fight Another Day

    ISIS fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country’s fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. Hundreds — likely more than 1,000 — ISIS fighters have crossed the open, desert border in the past six months, defying a massive operation by U.S., Kurdish, and allied forces to stamp out the...

  • Donald Trump Feb 7, 2019

    Trump Predicts All ISIS Territory Will Be Cleared Next Week

    President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria over the objections of some of his most senior national security...

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