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A convoy of US army troops and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia patrol Syria in 2017. Photograph: Youssef Rabie Youssef/EPA

The US-led coalition battling Islamic State added to confusion surrounding the US withdrawal from Syria on Friday by declaring that it had started the(...)

A line of US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij last month. Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement on Twitter that the US would withdraw its 2,000 troops from Syria was a recklessly short-sighted move. Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

With the Republican Party having lost control of the domestic agenda in Congress, it’s likely that President Donald Trump will pivot more to foreign a(...)

US president Donald Trump addresses military personnel in a hangar at the Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday made an unannounced visit to Iraq, during which he defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, sayi(...)

Image from September 2017 of the US envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, Brett McGurk. File photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The US envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State has resigned over president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. Bre(...)

Donald Trump at an event  in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

US President Donald Trump has discussed firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as his frustration with the central bank chief intensified follo(...)

US independent senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, flanked by Democratic Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy (left) and Republican Senator from Utah Mike Lee: voted to end US military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

The US Senate has delivered a strong rebuke to US president Donald Trump’s response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting to end A(...)

US senator Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters after attending a closed-door briefing on the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by CIA Director Gina Haspel at the US Capitol in Washington on December 4th Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US senators blasted Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday after receiving a classified briefing from CIA director Gina Haspel on the death(...)

Yemeni pro-government forces tanks near Mukalla airport, southwest Yemen. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Yemen’s warring parties suggested on Thursday that they would attend UN-sponsored peace talks expected to be held in Sweden next week as western count(...)

US president Donald Trump with Justice John Roberts.    Justice Roberts said in a statement: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.” File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Donald Trump has continued his spat with the chief justice of the United States supreme court, after Justice John Roberts rebuked the president for de(...)

US secretary of defence James Mattis:  envisages continuing Saudi air raids on Yemen in the next 30 days. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

The US call for a ceasefire in Yemen will not bring an abrupt halt to the deadly and devastating 3½-year conflict in the region’s poorest country. Th(...)

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