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WASHINGTON | US commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. IS militants have lost territory … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse

AMMAN, Jordan |Pompeo starts Middle East visit to ramp up pressure on Iran

AMMAN, Jordan— Jan 08, 2019—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun a Mideast visit to talk to regional leaders about ramping up pressure on Iran. The trip comes amid confusion over conflicting Trump administration statements about a planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. Pompeo’s first stop on Tuesday is pro-Western Jordan, followed by visits … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan |Pompeo starts Middle East visit to ramp up pressure on Iran

BEIRUT | The Latest: US-led coalition says no Syrian troops in Manbij

BEIRUT— The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 5:20 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition has denied that there were changes to the military deployment in Syria’s Kurdish-held Manbij, refuting the Syrian government’s account that its troops have entered the town. The coalition said Friday that the announcement that government troops had entered the … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: US-led coalition says no Syrian troops in Manbij

BEIRUT | Syria military says it entered flash-point Kurdish-led town

BEIRUT— Syria’s military announced Friday it entered the flash-point Kurdish-held town of Manbij and raised the national flag there, where Turkey has threatened an offensive. A Kurdish official said the government troops arrived only at the front lines. Ilham Ahmed, the senior Kurdish official, said the U.S. troops who patrol the town and the tense … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syria military says it entered flash-point Kurdish-led town

BEIRUT | The Latest: US ally in Syria says IS not yet defeated

BEIRUT — The Latest on the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria (all times local): 11:45 a.m. A U.S.-backed group in Syria has rejected President Donald Trump‘s claim that the Islamic State has been defeated and says the withdrawal of U.S. troops would lead to a resurgence of the extremist group. The … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: US ally in Syria says IS not yet defeated

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Qatar’s energy minister says country is pulling out of OPEC

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The tiny, energy-rich Gulf Arab nation of Qatar says it will withdraw from OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, in January. Qatar’s minister of state for energy affairs, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, made the surprise announcement during a news conference in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Monday. Qatar is … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Qatar’s energy minister says country is pulling out of OPEC

SALT LAKE CITY | Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers

SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was “a big shock,” and she hopes there is a way the woman can be committed to a treatment facility since there is no legal recourse to keep her behind bars. Wanda Barzee … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers

CHICAGO | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won’t seek 3rd term

CHICAGO — In a surprise announcement, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that he would abandon his effort to seek a third term next year and gave no reason for his sudden change of heart. The 58-year-old former White House chief of staff said only that he and his wife “look forward to writing that … Continue reading CHICAGO | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won’t seek 3rd term