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Mattis leaving Pentagon sooner than planned, Shanahan tapped

The sooner-than-expected departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shifts the focus to President Donald Trump’s appointment of an acting Pentagon chief and plans for a permanent replacement.

Mattis resigning as Pentagon chief after Trump disagreements

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world.

Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis will retire in February

President Donald Trump has announced that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will retire at the end of February.

Trump declares win over Islamic State in Syria

President Donald Trump is declaring victory against the Islamic State group in a new White House video explaining his sudden decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

UN envoy urges restrain in Syria

The U.N. special envoy for Syria is calling on Russia, Syria and Israel "to refrain from military actions" following the downing of a Russian military aircraft.

Iran, Russia, Turkey presidents meet in summit

Syrian pro-government media reported that nine civilians have been killed by shells fired from rebel areas south of the province of Idlib on a government-held town.

Syrian media: Suicide bombings kill 38 in southern province

A series of suicide bombings and attacks in southern Syria, including a motorcycle bomber who struck at a busy vegetable market, killed 38 people on Wednesday, state media reported, blaming Islamic State militants for the carnage.

Syria rescue group says 10 killed in airstrike on shelter

Russia is supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

5 of 7 nations hit by US travel ban are majority Muslim

The seven nations under the Trump administration’s travel ban — upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — include five majority Muslim countries, prompting dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor to assert that the entry restrictions were motivated by “animus toward the Muslim faith.” The administration cites security concerns.

Life slowly returns to Aleppo, shattered by Syrian civil war

Life is only slowly returning to the shattered streets of Aleppo, Syria's largest city.
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Syrian family reacts to latest travel restrictions

On the day his temporary travel ban was set to expire, President Trump has signed a proclamation creating new restrictions for travelers from some countries, coming to the U.S.

Livingston Awards honor work of younger journalists

Young journalists who wrote about economic despair in Appalachia, covered mass killings in Syria and put a human face on immigration policy have been named winners of Livingston Awards.
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UK professor urges diplomacy after missile attack

Dr. Gregory Hall is urging diplomacy after President Donald Trump attacked a Syrian air base.
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Sen. McConnell releases statement on military response in Syria

On Friday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made remarks on the Senate floor regarding President Donald Trump's decision to take military action in Syria.

Russia decries ‘clear act of aggression’ in US strike on Syria

Russia on Friday slammed the U.S. decision to launch airstrikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government, calling the military action a "clear act of aggression" that would "further undermine Russo-American relations."

US launches strike on Syria air base after chemical weapons attack

Responding to a Syrian chemical weapons attack on Tuesday that left scores dead, the United States initiated a military strike Thursday on an airbase...

Statement from Pentagon on U.S. strike in Syria

Read the statement from the Pentagon on the U.S. strike in Syria.
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US attacks Syrian air base with cruise missiles

The United States has attacked a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar Assad.
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Putin orders military pullout from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the start of the pullout of the Russian military from Syria starting Tuesday.
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Syrian rebels: No talks unless humanitarian conditions met

Rebel groups in Syria say they are rejecting peace talks in Geneva later this month unless humanitarian conditions mentioned in a U.N. resolution are fulfilled.

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