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U.S. Vows to 'Expel Every Last Iranian Boot' in Syria while Confirming Own Pullout

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Thursday the United States and its allies would work diplomatically to expel all Iranian troops from Syria, urging Middle East nations to forge a common stand against Tehran.

"It's time for old rivalries to end, for the sake of the greater good of the region," said Pompeo at a keynote address in Cairo.

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Turkey Says Will Launch Syria Offensive if US Delays Pullout

Turkey will launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces if the United States delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, the foreign minister said Thursday. 

"If the (pullout) is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision,"  Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television.

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Reports: Ceasefire Deal Sees Jihadists Take over Syria's Idlib

The main jihadist alliance in Syria's Idlib region reached a deal ending days of deadly fighting with rival rebels and extending its influence over the rebel enclave.

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Kurds' Ambitions Caught in Power Games

They always anticipated U.S. support would run out, but President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to rapidly pull U.S. forces out of northeast Syria has nevertheless stunned the Kurds there, who for the past three years have been America's partner in fighting the Islamic State group.

A withdrawal will leave Syrian Kurds exposed to Turkish threats of an invasion from one side and Syrian government troops on the other.

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Syria Army Enters Manbij in New Alliance with Kurds

The Syrian army entered the key northern city of Manbij for the first time in six years on Friday, a spokesman said in a televised statement.

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Russia to Host Putin-Erdogan-Rouhani Summit Early 2019

Moscow will early next year host the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the Syrian conflict, Russia's deputy foreign minister said Friday, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the country.

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Civilian Exodus from IS's Last Syria Bastion

Thousands of civilians, mostly relatives of jihadist fighters, are fleeing the Islamic State group's last stronghold in eastern Syria, a war monitor said on Thursday.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 11,500 people have fled the area since Kurdish-led forces broke IS defences and took the jihadists' main hub of Hajin two weeks ago.

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Christmas Joy Missing in Rubble of Syria Town

With Christmas approaching, Nabil al-Aash dusts off religious books as he attempts to tidy up the war-scarred Saint George Church in the town of Arbin, northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus.

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Iran Says US Troop Presence in Syria 'Wrong' from Start

Iran said Saturday the US presence in Syria had been "wrong and illogical" from the start, in its first official reaction to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops.

"The presence of American forces was from the very start, in principle, a wrong and illogical move and a primary cause of instability and insecurity in the region," said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on his Telegram channel.

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Trump Pulling Out of Syria. Might Afghanistan Be Next?

Against the advice of many in his own administration, President Donald Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. Could a withdrawal from Afghanistan be far behind?

Trump has said his instinct is to quit Afghanistan as a lost cause, but more recently he's suggested a willingness to stay in search of peace with the Taliban. However, the abruptness with which he turned the page on Syria raises questions about whether combat partners like Iraq and Afghanistan should feel confident that he will not pull the plug on them, too.

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