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December 20, 2018

Trump administration considering reducing the number of US troops in Afghanistan: officials

Bumblee_Dee/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration is considering reducing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan with the possibility that some troops begin withdrawing in the coming weeks, according to a U.S. official. A second official told ABC News that discussions have been underway for several weeks about how to withdraw some U.S. troops from Afghanistan. There are currently about 14,000 U.S. troops serving in a counterterrorism mission against the Taliban and al-Qaeda and as par..
December 20, 2018

The state of US military involvement in Syria as Trump orders withdrawal

Staff Sgt. Jacob Connor/U.S. Army(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump ordered U.S. troops to leave Syria on Wednesday, as the White House declared victory over the Islamic State. The announcement was met with backlash from Capitol Hill, including from the president's usual Republican allies, who expressed concerns about what the move could mean for the U.S. and its allies. U.S. troops have not yet begun moving out of Syria because military plans for how the withdrawal will occur are still..
December 20, 2018

Murder of Scandinavian tourists being treated as a ‘terrorist act’ as further arrests made

BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(LONDON) -- Three more men have been arrested for the murder of two Scandinavian women in Africa's Atlas Mountains, as authorities are now investigating the attack as a possible “terrorist” act. The bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Denmark and Norway, respectively, were discovered in the Atlas Mountains on Monday. Authorities arrested a man named Khayali Abderrahmane in Marrakesh on suspicion of murder. An anonymous source at the M..
December 20, 2018

Putin’s annual press conference touches on Trump, war in Syria

Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his annual end-of-year press conference Thursday, a marathon event in which he fielded questions for hours from hundreds of journalists on topics ranging from Donald Trump to the war in Syria to his marriage prospects. This year, the Kremlin said it had accredited 1,700 Russian and foreign journalists, who packed into an auditorium in downtown Moscow. The press conference has become an annual ritual, held almost ever..