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SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul’s contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. South Korea last year provided about $830 million, covering roughly 40 percent of … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops

BAGHDAD | The Latest: US withdrawal from Syria so far limited to cargo

BAGHDAD —January 11, 2019— The Latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A U.S. defense official says no American troops have withdrawn yet from Syria, but some military cargo has been pulled out. The official said the movement of equipment is part of what the military calls the start of … Continue reading BAGHDAD | The Latest: US withdrawal from Syria so far limited to cargo

ANKARA, Turkey | US, Turkey set for negotiations on fate of Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is set to press Turkey for assurances that it won’t attack the Kurdish fighters in Syria, which he said is now a condition for the withdrawal of American troops from northeastern Syria. Bolton arrived Monday for negotiations with the NATO ally about the safety of the … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | US, Turkey set for negotiations on fate of Kurds

WASHINGTON | Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troops

WASHINGTON — The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says that withdrawing up to half the 14,000 American troops serving there reduces the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal after more than 17 years of war. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says on ABC’s “This Week” that the U.S. has “basically traded away … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troops

MANILA, Philippines | US returns 3 war bells seized from Philippines a century ago

MANILA, Philippines— Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago were returned to the Philippines on Tuesday in a move long demanded by Filipino leaders, including the current president, who is critical of Washington and has moved closer to China. U.S. defense officials and the American ambassador handed … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | US returns 3 war bells seized from Philippines a century ago

MANILA, Philippines | US to return 3 bells seized from Philippines a century ago

MANILA, Philippines— Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago arrived in Manila on Tuesday to be handed back to the Philippines in a move long demanded by Filipino leaders, including the current president, who is critical of Washington and has moved closer to China. A representative of … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | US to return 3 bells seized from Philippines a century ago

PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump issues Thanksgiving threat to close US-Mexico border

PALM BEACH, Fla.  — President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost “control” on its side. Trump is citing the situation involving migrants camped in Tijuana, Mexico, after traveling in a caravan to reach the … Continue reading PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump issues Thanksgiving threat to close US-Mexico border

PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump issues threaten to close US border with Mexico

PALM BEACH, Fla.— President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost “control” on its side. Trump is citing the situation involving migrants camped in Tijuana, Mexico, after traveling in a caravan to reach the United … Continue reading PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump issues threaten to close US border with Mexico

KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Authorities say guards killed 3 Afghan officials

KABUL, Afghanistan— The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country’s parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Afghan officials say three top Kandahar province officials have been killed by their own guards in an attack at a security meeting that also wounded three Americans. A Taliban spokesman who claimed responsibility … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Authorities say guards killed 3 Afghan officials

KABUL, Afghanistan |The Latest: Afghan guards kill police chief; US troops hurt

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country’s parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local): 5 p.m. An Afghan TV station says the Kandahar police chief was killed when members of the provincial governor’s elite guards turned their guns on their own colleagues and American troops who were present … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan |The Latest: Afghan guards kill police chief; US troops hurt

WASHINGTON | Mattis: Afghans boost troop vetting after insider attacks

WASHINGTON — The Afghan military has increased its vetting of local forces working with American troops as a result of recent insider attacks that killed two U.S. service members, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis was making his first public comments about his meetings in Afghanistan last week when he raised the issue with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis: Afghans boost troop vetting after insider attacks

BEIRUT | Syria’s Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened to attack a region held by U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, saying in an interview broadcast on Russia Today channel on Thursday that American troops should leave the country. The remarks reflect that despite pressure on multiple fronts, Assad is seeking to consolidate control after seven years … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syria’s Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds