Lesley Wroughton

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17 Jan 2019 | 5:05 AM

Hours after U.S. troops killed in Syria, Pence says Islamic State defeated

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State has been defeated in Syria, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, hours after Americans were killed in a northern Syria bomb attack claimed by the militant group.

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16 Jan 2019 | 4:57 AM

How Trump slowed rush for Syria exits after huddle in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighbouring Iraq the day after Christmas.

14 Jan 2019 | 9:57 PM

U.S.'s Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murder

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Saudi leaders assured him everyone responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be held accountable, as Riyadh tries to resolve its biggest political crisis in a generation.

14 Jan 2019 | 8:05 PM

U.S., Turkey at odds over Kurdish fighters in Syria

ISTANBUL/RIYADH (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey sparred on Monday over the fate of U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria, with Washington insisting they not be harmed and Ankara rejecting a perceived U.S. threat to punish Turkey economically if it attacked them.

14 Jan 2019 | 7:13 PM

Pompeo says Trump's Turkey threat will not alter Syria troop withdrawal

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to devastate Turkey economically should it attack a Washington-backed Kurdish militia in Syria would not change plans to withdraw troops from the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.

13 Jan 2019 | 11:07 PM

Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo lands in Riyadh

DOHA/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbours had gone on for too long and was threatening regional unity needed to counter Iran.

12 Jan 2019 | 10:32 PM

Pompeo says good outcome possible for both Turkey and Syrian Kurds

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a "good outcome" could be reached between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish groups, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister.

9 Jan 2019 | 6:09 PM

Erdogan threats against Kurds will not stop Syria withdrawal, Pompeo says

BAGHDAD/CAIRO (Reuters) - The U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria will not be scuppered despite Turkish threats against Washington's Kurdish allies there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, promising to ensure that the Kurds would still be protected.

5 Jan 2019 | 12:24 PM

U.S. says no timeline for Syria withdrawal as fighting continues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely, a senior State Department official said on Friday, a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends.

5 Jan 2019 | 7:01 AM

U.S. anti-Islamic State meeting turns to damage control after Syria decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A routine U.S.-hosted conference of nations fighting the Islamic State militant group has become a damage control effort following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.