Phil Stewart

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21 Mar 2019 | 1:09 PM

Exclusive: U.S. may soon pause preparations for delivering F-35s to Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could soon freeze preparations for delivering F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, officials told Reuters, in what would be the strongest signal yet by Washington that Ankara cannot have both the advanced aircraft and Russia's S-400 air defence system.

19 Mar 2019 | 7:21 PM

U.S.-backed forces capture Syria suspects tied to American deaths - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces have captured Islamic State fighters tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans, U.S. officials say, generating concrete leads for Washington about the deadliest attack to date there against U.S. personnel.

19 Mar 2019 | 4:39 AM

Exclusive: As Venezuela crisis deepens, U.S. sharpens focus on Colombia rebel threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the United States makes its biggest diplomatic push in Latin America in years to try to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the U.S. military is zeroing in on a byproduct of the crisis: a strengthening of Colombian rebels on both sides of Venezuela's border.

8 Mar 2019 | 11:58 PM

Exclusive - U.S. Air Force Secretary Wilson to resign, leaving new vacancy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who was considered a top candidate to become the next secretary of defence, has decided to resign after almost two years to return to academia, U.S. officials told Reuters, leaving another vacant post at the top level of the Pentagon.

8 Mar 2019 | 6:58 AM

No pressure to withdraw from Syria by specific date - U.S. general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The general overseeing U.S. forces in the Middle East said on Thursday that he was under no pressure to withdraw forces from Syria by any specific date, after President Donald Trump ordered the drawdown of most U.S. troops from Syria.

4 Mar 2019 | 2:07 PM

U.S. tries to safeguard Afghan peace push from India-Pakistan crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is trying to prevent simmering tensions between India and Pakistan from impacting a third country: Afghanistan, where a fragile peace push is underway to try to end more than 17 years of war with Taliban insurgents.

18 Feb 2019 | 11:34 PM

U.S.-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay

AIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA (Reuters) - The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States, in particular, would halt plans for a total pullout.

18 Feb 2019 | 3:50 AM

U.S. cannot back Syrian forces who align with Assad - U.S. commander

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or Russia, a senior U.S. general said on Sunday.

17 Feb 2019 | 6:42 PM

In Iraq visit, U.S. general eyes longer-term Islamic State threat

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The general overseeing U.S. forces in the Middle East flew into Iraq on Sunday for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials expected to focus on ensuring that Islamic State cannot stage a resurgence after U.S. troops withdraw from neighbouring Syria.

16 Feb 2019 | 1:40 AM

Exclusive: U.S. general recommends arming, aiding Syrian fighters after pullout

MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.