AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) – Washington’s main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region.
The Islamic State pledged over the weekend to bring an arduous fight to U.S.-led coalition forces battling to retake Raqqa, once the terrorist group’s de facto capital in Syria.
The Islamic State has begun posting Syrian children outside of car bomb factories as part of an attempt to stave off U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, according to the Pentagon.
The Washington Post on Thursday released the full transcripts of President Donald Trump’s contentious phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, respectively.
Migrants are overwhelming the German court system as hundreds of thousands have appealed rulings denying them refugee status.
President Donald Trump defended his work to cooperate with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview on Wednesday, saying that “it doesn’t make sense not to have some kind of a relationship.”
Iran is said to be building new long-range ballistic missiles at a Syrian weapons factory identified by the United States as developing non-conventional weaponry, according to regional reports alleging that Russia and North Korea are aiding in the endeavor.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) rebuked President Donald Trump’s notion of working on a “cyber security unit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, saying it was akin to working with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on a “chemical weapons unit.”