Killing of 4 Americans Puts Trump’s Syria Plan to the Test

A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month after President Donald Trump declared that IS had been defeated and he was pulling out U.S. forces.

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Bolton Backtracks on Trump’s Plan for Syria Withdrawal

U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday, indicating a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks.

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Some US Troop Pullout Planned for Afghanistan, Officials Say

The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration’s policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than 17 years of war.

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