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Today β€” October 19th 2019Your RSS feeds

I Joined the Army to Prevent Genocide, Not to Pave the Way for It

By Alan Kennedy

A captain wonders if the Kurdish soldiers he served alongside in Syria three months ago are now dead.

Yesterday β€” October 18th 2019Your RSS feeds

Blast at Mosque Kills Dozens in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff

The attack in Deh Bala, a small agricultural district in the east of the country, caused the building’s roof to collapse.

Clashes and Confusion Mar Attempt at Cease-Fire in Syria

By Patrick Kingsley and Carlotta Gall

A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced a pause in the battle between Turkish and Kurdish forces, there were conflicting reports of whether Turkish troops were advancing or holding fire.

At a School for Suicide Bombers’ Children, Dancing, Drawing and Deradicalization

By Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono

Amid fears of an ISIS renewal, Indonesia is trying to keep extremism from being passed to the next generation.

Trump likens Syria violence to schoolyard fight, credits 'unconventional' approachase-fire

By Edmund DeMarche

President Trump on Thursday likened the Turkish offensive against the Kurds to a schoolyard fight, saying, “sometimes you have to let them fight a little while” before you separate them.

Pelosi, Schumer say Trump 'is flailing' after cease-fire deal

By Morgan Phillips

Pelosi and Schumer released a statement Thursday saying President Trump is "flailing" in light of his decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey in exchange for a “sham” ceasefire. They asserted this would undermine American credibility and send a “dangerous message” to both allies and adversaries that the American word cannot be trusted. 

In β€˜Cave-In,’ Trump Cease-Fire Cements Turkey’s Gains in Syria

By David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt

The agreement, announced by Vice President Mike Pence, may stop the killing in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. But the cost to American influence is expected to be high.

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A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

President Trump’s troop withdrawal ignited a predicted outburst of chaos and carnage in the Middle East.

Inside the Derailed White House Meeting

By Katie Rogers

“I hate ISIS more than you do,” President Trump said. “You don’t know that,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi replied. Here’s the rest of their exchange.

Turkey’s incursion into Syria is making the EU and Kurds rethink their friends

By Faisal Al Yafai

The EU may condemn Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, yet it also has Turkey to thank for holding back the migrant crisis. Publicly, Europe wants to send a message. Privately, it knows it cannot say too much, writes Faisal Al Yafai.

Trump leaves Turkey, Russia, Syria β€˜to argue it out’

By Georgi Gotev

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (16 October)  he did not mind Russia helping Syria in a conflict with NATO ally Turkey and rejected criticism of his withdrawal of US troops from Syria that exposed Kurdish allies, calling it "strategically brilliant."

Inside the Derailed White House Meeting

By Katie Rogers

“I hate ISIS more than you do,” President Trump said. “You don’t know that,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi replied. Here’s the rest of their exchange.

Bipartisan House Majority Condemns Trump for Syria Withdrawal

By Catie Edmondson

Republicans and Democrats delivered a rebuke to the president over his decision to pull back American troops inside Syria, an order many viewed as acquiescing to Turkey’s incursion against a United States ally.

The World Condemns Erdogan’s War on Kurds. But Turkey Applauds.

By Patrick Kingsley

Attacked abroad, and facing a raft of sanctions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may nevertheless be getting what he wants from Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish-held Syria.

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote

By Peter Baker and Catie Edmondson

President Trump again defends his decision to withdraw American troops, an order that many, including Republicans, have interpreted as acquiescing to Turkey’s incursion against a United States ally.

Turkey Urges Kurdish Fighters to Lay Down Their Arms

By Ben Hubbard

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Kurds to leave northeast Syria “this night.” He spoke as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were planning to visit Turkey, and as President Trump sought to distance himself from the conflict.

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