• Air Force Sep 3, 2019

    Syrian Father Who Lost Twins to Poison Gas Uprooted Again

    When Abdel Hamid al-Yousef lost his 9-month-old twins in the poison gas attack that hit the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, the world witnessed his heartbreak and grief in the video of him cradling their lifeless bodies in his arms, bidding them farewell in the chaotic aftermath of the attack. Determined to continue with his life despite...

  • Donald Trump Apr 14, 2018

    Russia Condemns Syrian Airstrikes as ‘Act of Aggression'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the strike on Syria launched by the United States and its allies as an “act of aggression” that will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. Putin slammed the attack as a “destructive influence on the entire system of international relations.” He reaffirmed Russia’s view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Tillerson Seeks to Show ‘America First' Isn't America Alone

    As President Donald Trump declared that “America First does not mean America alone” at a global economic forum in Switzerland, his top diplomat was on a European trip of his own, trying to convince skeptical allies that the oft-repeated phrase is more than just lip service. Yet a year into Trump’s presidency, his administration has demonstrated that “America First” may,...

  • America Mar 19, 2018

    Trump in Davos: ‘America First Does Not Mean America Alone'

    In a keynote speech to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, U.S. President Donald Trump laid out his vision for international trade. “America first does not mean America alone,” he argued before a global audience Friday.

  • NBC Jun 27, 2017

    White House Warns Syria Against Chemical Attack ‘Preparations'

    The United States is warning that Syria would “pay a heavy price” for undertaking another chemical weapons attack, the White House said Monday night, saying it’s spotted “potential preparations” for one, NBC News reported. Activity at an airfield struck in the American cruise missile attack in April is “strongly suggestive” of the Assad regime intending to use chemical weapons, with...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. May 24, 2017

    ‘Late Night': McCain Approves of Trump's Strike on Syria

    Seth Meyers sits down with John McCain, who talks about the perception other world leaders have of the Trump Administration. He said President Donald Trump’s swift response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria sent a strong message.

  • Donald Trump May 18, 2017

    Trump Claims He's Treated ‘Unfairly' Amid Comey Memo, Intel Sharing Fallout

    Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that “no politician in history” has been treated worse. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against “rushing to judgment.” Trump spoke about the importance of the Coast Guard, then pivoted to address the criticism he’s...

  • Donald Trump May 16, 2017

    Officials: Intel Trump Shared With Russia Came From Israel

    Israel was the key American partner who provided ISIS-related intelligence that President Donald Trump shared with Russian diplomats at a meeting last week, NBC News reported. Israel’s involvement, first reported by The New York Times, was confirmed by three government officials with knowledge of the matter. White House press secretary Sean Spicer had no comment. On Tuesday, the White House...

  • Donald Trump May 16, 2017

    McMaster: Trump Did Not Know Source of Shared Intel

    President Donald Trump was unaware of the source of intelligence he shared with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, national security adviser H.R. McMaster at a news conference on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He al Trump’s sharing the information was appropriate.

  • Donald Trump May 16, 2017

    Trump's Controversial Discussion to Share Intel With Russia Was ‘Wholly Appropriate,' National Security Adviser Says

    The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as “wholly appropriate,” as officials tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and concerns from international allies. One day after officials declared that reports about Trump’s discussions with the Russians were false, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president had been...

  • Donald Trump May 16, 2017

    Trump, Turkish Leader Erdogan Hail Ties Despite US Arming of Kurds

    The presidents of the United States and Turkey vowed Tuesday to repair a relationship battered by years of disputes over Syria’s civil war and its various fighting groups, even as they broached a new disagreement over U.S. plans to arm Kurdish fighters. Delivering a statement alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Donald Trump said the U.S. would re-establish its...

  • Donald Trump May 16, 2017

    Trump Intel Sharing Risks Damaging US Alliances: Analysis

    For months, U.S. allies have anxiously wondered if President Donald Trump could be trusted with some of the world’s most sensitive national security secrets. Now, just a few days before Trump’s debut on the international stage, he’s giving allies new reasons to worry. A U.S. official said Trump revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State plot to senior Russian...

  • Donald Trump May 2, 2017

    Trump, Putin Signal New Effort to Cooperate on Syria

    President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria Tuesday in what the White House called a “very good” phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation....
    The Kremlin said the leaders also agreed to try to set up their first in-person meeting in July, on the sidelines...

  • director Apr 28, 2017

    Reports: US Troops Deploy Along Syria-Turkish Border

    U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday. Footage posted by Syrian activists online showed a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles driving on a rural road in the village of...

  • Israel Apr 21, 2017

    ‘No Doubt' Syria Still Has Chemical Weapons: US Defense Secretary Mattis

    Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also said that in recent days the Syrian Air Force has dispersed its combat aircraft. The implication is that Syria may be concerned about additional U.S. strikes following the...

  • Donald Trump Apr 18, 2017

    White House: Trump Congratulates Erdogan After Disputed Win

    Ignoring concerns raised by international monitoring groups, President Donald Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on the country’s contested referendum greatly expanding presidential powers. The move comes despite protests from opposition parties and international monitoring groups — as well as Trump’s own State Department — about voting irregularities during Sunday’s referendum. And it aligns...

  • Donald Trump Apr 17, 2017

    After US Strikes, Trump's Syria Plan Starts Coming Into View

    Can threatening war crimes charges persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power? What about guaranteeing his safety in exile? These long-shot proposals are at the center of the Trump administration’s new effort to resolve Syria’s six-year civil war. Though still evolving, President Donald Trump’s plans for Syria have come into clearer view since he ordered cruise missiles fired on...

  • Iraq Apr 14, 2017

    Russia, Iran, Syria Issue Warning to US

    Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an international investigation of the chemical weapons attack there that killed nearly 90 people. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow, denounced the U.S. missile strikes on Syria as a “flagrant violation” of international...

  • Donald Trump Apr 14, 2017

    North Korea Ready for War if Trump Wants It: Official

    President Donald Trump’s tweets are adding fuel to a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Friday. The official added that if the U.S. shows any sign of “reckless” military aggression, Pyongyang is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike of its own. Vice Minister Han Song...

  • NBC Apr 13, 2017

    Syria's Assad: Chemical Weapons Attack Is ‘100 Percent Fabrication'

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says accusations that he ordered a chemical weapons attack are “100 percent fabrication,” NBC News reported. Assad was speaking in his first interview since the deadly alleged gas poisoning in Idlib that prompted a U.S. missile strike in retaliation. President Donald Trump and other leaders blame Assad for around 100 civilian deaths. “Our impression is that...

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