Syria

    •  Trump urges Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters

      Trump urges Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters

      President Trump urged Europe late on Saturday to take back around 800 captured ISIS fighters from the continent, or risk the US being forced to release them. According to Trump, the fighters, captured by US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, could be released if European nations do not take them in and put them on trial, risking further IS backed attacks on the continent.

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    • US military to be out of Syria by April

      US military to be out of Syria by April

      The US military is reportedly preparing to withdraw all of its forces from Syria by the end of April, the WSJ has announced, citing former and current US officials. Unless the Trump administration changed course, the military plans to pull a significant portion of its 2,000 troops out by mid-March, with a full withdrawal coming by the end of April. However, a key concern for the US's Kurdish partners has yet to be addressed: Striking a deal to safeguard Kurdish allies from Turkish forces after the US leaves Syria. 

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    • Trump withdraws US forces from Syria

      Trump withdraws US forces from Syria

      US President Donald Trump has ordered staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria, bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Islamic State, yet ceding a strategically vital country to Russia, Turkey and Iran. 

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    • Merkel, Putin discuss Syria and Ukraine at landmark meeting

      Merkel, Putin discuss Syria and Ukraine at landmark meeting

      Chancellor Angela Merkel has received Russian President Vladimir Putin on his first bilateral visit to Germany since 2014. Their agenda listed Ukraine, Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn US ire and piped gas for Europe but she dampened expectations.Talks outside Berlin, however, ended with no clearcut progress and dampened expectations.

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    • US cuts Syria stabilisation funding

      US cuts Syria stabilisation funding

      The US will withhold the $200m that had been planned for war-ravaged Syria stabilisation efforts, warning that future reconstruction assistance hinges on UN certification that a "credible irreversible" transition to democracy is underway, according to State Department officials.

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