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California Gov. Gavin Newsom to draw down guard troops at border

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press Published 5:30 a.m. ET Feb. 11, 2019 | Updated 5:32 a.m. ET Feb. 11, 2019SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state’s southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration’s request for support from border states.About 100 of…

South Korea signs deal to pay more for US troops

South Korea has signed a new deal with the United States on how much Seoul should pay for the US military presence on its soil after a previous deal lapsed amid President Donald Trump's call for Seoul to pay more. The new deal, signed on Sunday, awaiting parliament approval in Seoul, would boost South Korea's contribution from 960…

Trump makes surprise trip to visit U.S. troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump takes a photo with a U.S. service member during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Dec. 26, 2018.(Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump touched down in Iraq on Wednesday  for an unannounced visit with U.S. troops, marking his first encounter with soldiers serving under his command…

Trump considering withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan

CLOSE Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is stepping down from his post, President Donald Trump announced Thursday, after the retired Marine general clashed with the president over a troop drawdown in Syria and Trump’s go-it-alone stance in world affairs. TimeU.S. soldiers stand at attention during a ceremony at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2009.(Photo: SHAH…

Russia’s Putin hails Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual press conference in Moscow on December 20, 2018.(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)President Donald Trump is right to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, Russia's leader said Thursday. Vladimir Putin's remarks came as part of his end-of-year news conference, a pageantry-laden and heavily-scripted annual event in Moscow where the Russian president fields dozens of…

Sen. Graham: Trump’s claim of ISIS defeat is ‘fake news,’ pulling...

CLOSE The Trump administration will withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops in Syria, according to a U.S. official, as the White House declared victory Wednesday in the mission to defeat Islamic State militants there. TimeSen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., points at the Democrats as he defends Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee…

Poroshenko: Over 80,000 Russian troops in and around Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine - More than 80,000 Russian soldiers are present at Ukraine's borders and the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula, as well as the rebel-held regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, according to the Ukrainian president. Petro Poroshenko's remarks on Saturday came six days after a four-year-old conflict between Kiev and Moscow deepened when Russia seized three Ukrainian military vessels…

Suing Jordan ‘only way to get truth’: Families of slain US...

The families of three US soldiers killed by a guard at a military base in Jordan two years ago say their recently-filed lawsuit against the kingdom "is the only way" to expose the truth behind their relatives' deaths. In the complaint, which was submitted on Friday to a federal court in Washington, DC, the families…

Afghan Taliban officials: ‘US agrees to discuss troops pullout’

Doha, Qatar - The United States has agreed to discuss the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan in a direct meeting with Taliban representatives in Qatar, officials from the armed group say. In a preliminary meeting in Doha on Friday, Taliban representatives and US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad discussed the Taliban's conditions to end the 17-year…

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