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January 11, 2019 5:42 PM A Timeline of the US involvement in Syria’s conflict

Summer of 2014: The U.S. administration reveals that several dozen special operations troops had been on the ground in Syria briefly in an effort to rescue foreign hostages taken by the Islamic State group, but did not find them. Sept. 22, 2014: Obama launches a U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, one month after launching airstrikes 13

January 11, 2019 1:52 PM The Latest: US withdrawal from Syria so far limited to cargo

Ahmed spoke to The Associated Press Friday hours after an American official said the process of withdrawing American troops from Syria has begun. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the Americans are not serious about withdrawing from Syria. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that it appears to Moscow that the U.S. “is looking for a reason 7

January 11, 2019 10:13 AM US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

BAGHDAD - The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started “the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria 7

December 28, 2018 11:06 PM Syria’s Kurds, feeling betrayed by the U.S., ask Assad government for protection

BEIRUT—Feeling betrayed by the United States, its Kurdish allies in Syria asked the Syrian government on Friday to protect them from possible attack by Turkey. The request appeared to help open the way for the forces of President Bashar Assad of Syria, backed by Russia and Iran, to start retaking the Kurdish-held part of the country near Turkey’s border 9

December 26, 2018 8:32 PM Trump visits U.S. troops in Iraq for first trip to a conflict zone

Trump’s unannounced visit on the day after Christmas continues a holiday tradition followed by previous presidents. Vice President Pence visited Afghanistan on Dec. 22, 2017, to address troops and meet with commanders at Bagram Airfield near Kabul. Although Trump has previously addressed U.S. troops stationed overseas, including in Italy, Japan and South 14

December 17, 2018 3:00 PM First World War soldiers come to vivid life in They Shall Not Grow Old, screening on Monday across Toronto

But the Oscar-winning director (The Lord of the Rings) opens the film with traditional black-and-white footage depicting the prelude to the global conflict that ended a century ago. As the war escalates, Jackson propels the viewer directly into the battle. The first unforgettable scene pulls in close — in colour and in 3D — on a young soldier, with exploding 15

December 10, 2018 7:53 PM Nearly 85 per cent of UN nations back migration deal, excluding U.S

Louise Arbour of Canada, a former UN human rights chief, said the issue also has been tied up in parliamentary debates in Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Israel, Slovenia and Switzerland — although some of them did participate in creating the accord, which has since been ensnared by tough political headwinds. The conference is the capstone of efforts 18

December 2, 2018 6:11 PM Pope lights candle to promote peace in Syria

Lifting the candle to the window, Francis prayed that “These flames, and many flames of hope, disperse the darkness of war.” “Let’s pray and help the Christians to remain in Syria and the Middle East as witnesses of mercy, of forgiveness and of reconciliation. May the flames of hope also reach those who are enduring conflict and war in these days in other 22

December 2, 2018 4:34 PM Study finds most Canadian cities fail on climate change plans

“Where are most of our people and property?” Thistlethwaite said. “They’re in cities. There’s a concentration there of exposure.” Cities are caught in a bind, he said. Not only are they already strapped for cash to fill potholes and run buses, but their main source of income can conflict with the need to plan for climate change. “Their revenue’s from property 25

November 27, 2018 8:29 PM Questrade agrees to pay $2.9M to OSC for acting ‘contrary to public interest

The settlement says Questrade was required to determine whether there was a conflict of interest before making this significant purchase, as one day earlier on July 27, 2017 it had entered into three strategic agreements with Wisdom Tree Asset Management Canada. Under the agreements, WisdomTree agreed to purchase eight ETFs managed by Questrade, and WisdomTree’s 21