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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US Ally in Syria Says Pullout Will Aid IS, Cause Instability

The United States’ main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State group militants have been defeated and warned that the withdrawal of American troops before accomplishing that goal would lead to a resurgence of the extremist group.

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Russia Blames Israel for Plane Shot Down by Syrian Missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.

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