(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I'm not siding with anybody- we've been in Syria for many years.
You know Syria was supposed to be a short-term hit, just a short-term hit and we were supposed to be in and out." U.S. President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw American forces from northeastern Syria, -- which critics - including members of his own party - say will effectively give Turkey the green light to launch an offensive against America's Kurdish allies... The major policy shift was denounced as a "stab in the back" by Kurdish-led forces that have long allied with Washington in fighting Islamic State as it leaves them vulnerable to an incursion by the Turkish military which brands them terrorists.
(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "If you look at some of the Kurds, as you know that's a natural enemy of...of Turkey." But speaking to reporters Monday from the White House - Trump added that if Istanbul takes a planned military strike in Syria too far-- it will be punished.
(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Right now we're at the position where if Turkey does something out of what they should be doing we will hit them so hard on the economy." But while Trump threatens Turkey, he says he still wants Istanbul and other regional powers to 'clean up the mess' in Syria..
(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING "Iran is an example, hates ISIS, and ISIS hates Iran.
Iraq you know all about that.
Turkey, Syria- let them take care of it, let them take care of it.
We want to bring our troops back home.
Its been many many years, its been decades in many cases.
We want to bring our troops back home and I got elected on that." Meanwhile on Monday video obtained by Syrian TV appeared to show vehicles moving in the distance as Turkish military advanced into Hasakeh in northeastern Syria on Monday evening.
But a senior Trump administration official said Turkey does not appear "as of now" to have begun its expected incursion into northern Syria.
The official, briefing reporters on a conference call, said 50 American troops in the region would be redeployed elsewhere in Syria..adding that Trump's decision to redeploy the troops does not constitute a U.S. withdrawal from Syria.
[NFA] Trailing in national opinion polls, President Donald Trump again attacked U.S. election mechanics on Tuesday, saying it would be “inappropriate” to take extra time to count the tens of millions of ballots cast by mail in his race against Democrat Joe Biden. Gavino Garay reports.
President Donald Trump has started a busy day of campaigning with a cold,rain-soaked rally in Lansing, Michigan. Most polls show Trump trailingDemocrat Joe Biden in a state that Trump won narrowly in his 2016 victory. Thepresident told the thousands that gathered on Tuesday that “seven days fromnow we’re going to win the great state of Michigan.”
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At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, First Lady Melania Trump told a crowd, "before my husband decided to run for president, the media loved him because they saw the man that I see every day. Someone tough, successful and fair."
Fathi the robot emerged a year ago as a toy designed by engineer Youssef al-Qalam with the help of his classmates. It quickly developed to become an educational robot that has created a unique learning atmosphere for Syrian students.
Every year, Syrian housewife and mother of two, Janette Elias, buys enough aubergines to make a year's supply of the famous local dish 'Makdous'. But this year, as economic burdens pile and sanctions drive prices up, Elias's family was only able to afford around half of their usual supply.
An Istanbul court on Tuesday sentenced a local U.S. consulate employee to jail for aiding the network Ankara accuses of attempting a 2016 coup, in a verdict that could further strain ties between Turkey and the United States. Olivia Chan reports.
Amsterdam-based think tank, European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) hosted a Webinar titled, 'Rise of ISIS in South Asia', on the sidelines of the 45th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. A panel of scholars, policy analysts and researchers in the field of terrorism and South Asian politics deliberated upon the origins of the Islamic State of Khorasan province, its main areas of operation and assessed its number of fighters mostly belonging to Pakistani origin.
Turkish authorities have ordered the arrest of 82 people including members of a pro-Kurdish opposition party. The warrants are in relation to violent protests from 2014 against the siege by Islamic State of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. Adam Reed reports