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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 22

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 21

January 11, 2019 1:23 PM Iraq: Blast kills 2 in border city rehousing its displaced

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Health Ministry says two people have been killed in an explosion in a city to which displaced families are being encouraged to return. The ministry said 25 others were wounded in the blast in Al-Qaim, Friday. It did not give further details. Al-Qaim, a city along the border with Syria in Iraq’s western Anbar province, was one of the last cities 20

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 20

January 11, 2019 12:31 AM Military judge denies request to release SEAL from brig

SAN DIEGO - A military judge on Thursday denied a request to release a Navy SEAL awaiting trial on charges of premeditated murder and other offences in relation to the death of an Islamic State prisoner and the shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians. The Navy did not release details on the written ruling by the judge, Navy Capt. Aaron Rugh. Special Operations 20

January 9, 2019 8:04 PM Vice Media makes last-ditch attempt to keep reporter's materials from RCMP

A high profile RCMP demand for a journalist’s background materials related to interviews with a suspected terrorist should be set aside even though Canada’s top court recently upheld the police request, Vice Media argues in a new legal action. “In this case, there has been a material change in circumstances underlying the production order since it was first 24

January 9, 2019 1:15 PM On his Mideast trip, Pompeo makes unannounced Iraq stop

BAGHDAD—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq on Wednesday in an unannounced stop on his Mideast tour meant to promote the White House’s hard-line position on Iran. The trip comes amid confusion over conflicting statements by U.S. President Donald Trump and senior U.S. officials about a planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, where Iran is backing 24

December 27, 2018 12:09 AM Canadian police presence on peacekeeping missions hits 13-year low

OTTAWA—The number of Canadian police officers on UN missions has reached its lowest point in more than a decade despite a shortage of such personnel on many peacekeeping operations and a Liberal promise to address it. New figures from the United Nations show there were 15 Canadian police officers participating in peacekeeping missions at the end of November 28

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 27

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 32