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White House warns Russia over troops in Venezuela, threatens sanctions

The White House warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against sending troops to Venezuela, saying the United States would view such actions as a 'direct threat'.

South Koreans fearful of ‘nightmare’ US troop withdrawal

Speculation is building that the US and North Korea could agree to a treaty in return for denuclearisation measures and the withdrawal of US troops might follow.

Turkey tells US not to leave power vacuum in Syria withdrawal

Defence Minister Hulusi Akar reminds their 'partners' that there should be no vacuum of power in any way during the withdrawal.

US-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay

With US help, the Kurdish-led fighters are poised to seize Islamic State's last holdout in eastern Syria.

S.Korea pushes back at Trump claims about money for troops

The Blue House says that Trump's $500 million figure "shouldn't be taken as a fait accompli".

Trump says to meet families of Americans killed in Syria

Trump will be visiting the families of four American personnel killed in a suicide bombing, the deadliest attack to hit US troops since they deployed to Syria in 2014.

House Speaker Pelosi accuses Trump of endangering US troops, lawmakers

The White House rejected Pelosi's charge of endangering troops and civilians.

Pompeo ‘optimistic’ Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected

Pompeo says the US is confident in achieving an outcome where Syrian Kurds are protected and Turks can defend their country from terrorists.

US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troops

Following confusion, US defence officials clarify the withdrawal to only be of certain types of gear, and not troops.

Pompeo on reassurance mission to Iraq over US-Syria pullout plans

Pompeo met a raft of senior officials including Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Saleh in Baghdad.

‘Worse every day’: Afghans expect 2019 to be even deadlier

Ordinary Afghans, who have long borne the brunt of the relentless fighting, say they feel increasingly despondent about the future.

Belgium reviews smartphone use by troops to counter spying

A review is underway where Belgian military and troops shall no longer be allowed to use their smartphones as a way to counter spying.

Syrian surprise: How Trump’s phone call changed the war

Trump's decision was also a shock in Washington, resulting in the resignations of Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk.

Trump admits security concerns over Iraq visit

The US president left unannounced from Washington in the dead of night in a darkened plane.

Erdogan, Trump agreed to avoid power vacuum in Syria, says Turkish...

The two men also agreed that trade was below the desired level between the US and Turkey, and should be increased.

Order signed for US military’s controversial Syria exit

A spokesperson says the execute order for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria has been signed.

Macron says ‘an ally must be reliable’ after US Syria pullout...

Macron says he deeply regrets Trump's decision to pullout US troops from Syria.

Netanyahu seeks to calm Israeli concerns over Trump’s Syria pullout

Netanyahu says Israel will continue to act against Iran's attempt to establish a military presence in Syria.

Turkey says almost 300,000 Syrians have gone home

Turkish foreign minister says 291,790 Syrian refugees have returned to their country.

Iran says US troop presence in Syria ‘wrong’ from start

Foreign ministry spokesman says the presence of American forces was from the very start, in principle, a wrong and illogical move and a primary cause of instability and insecurity in the region.

Papua governor asks Indonesia to withdraw troops

The military said it would not be withdrawing troops and dismissed claims villagers had fled in fear.

US to pull ‘significant’ troops from Afghanistan

The US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan working either with a NATO mission to support Afghan forces or in separate counter-terrorism operations.

Putin: Trump is ‘right’ to withdraw US troops from Syria

Putin said 'the fact that the US has decided to withdraw its troops is right'.

Trump declares ‘victory’ in Syria, orders US troops home

The decision to withdraw from Syria marks a remarkable development not just for the Kurds, but for long-established US doctrine in the region.