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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