• Trump announces American has been released from Lebanese prison

    (CNN) — President Donald Trump announced at the beginning of Thursday’s coronavirus task force briefing that Lebanese-American Amer Fakhoury has been released from prison. “Today we are bringing home another American citizen, big thing, very big,” he said. Fakhoury is on his way back to the US, Trump said, after being imprisoned in Lebanon since […]

  • Turkey begins deporting suspected ISIS fighters to US, UK, Germany

    Turkey has begun the process of returning alleged foreign ISIS fighters to their home countries, starting with an American, a Briton and seven Germans. Turkey’s Interior Ministry said an American who is suspected of being an ISIS fighter was being deported the US, a British suspect to London and seven Germans to Berlin. The American was initially […]

  • A US father fears for his young children trapped in Syria

    The withdrawal of US troops from Syria is devastating for Bashirul Shikder — it feels like America has abandoned his children to what’s left of ISIS. He says he’s been searching for them for 4½ years, trying to coordinate with US government agencies and Kurdish forces, even traveling to the Middle East himself to look for […]

  • ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. Here are 6 things you need to know

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive and highly secretive leader of ISIS, died during a raid conducted by the US military in northwest Syria on Saturday night, President Donald Trump said. The world’s most wanted man oversaw the militant group’s transformation from a ragtag insurgency to a global terror network that attracted tens of thousands of fighters to its so-called “caliphate” […]

  • Pence announces Syria ceasefire that appears to give Turkey everything it wants

    US Vice President Mike Pence announced in Turkey Thursday that he and Turkish President Erdogan agreed to a ceasefire halting Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria, which was launched after President Donald Trump effectively gave Turkey the go ahead on a phone call with Erdogan earlier this month. The deal appears to secure Turkey most of its military […]

  • House overwhelmingly votes bipartisan condemnation of Trump withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria

    The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria. Despite stark divisions over Democrats’ Trump impeachment inquiry, Democrats and Republicans banded together and approved a nonbinding resolution by 354-60 vote. The resolution states Congress’ opposition to the troop pullback and says Turkey should cease its military […]

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