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Trump declares mission accomplished in Syria
President Donald Trump radiated optimism on Wednesday as he announced that he expected the cease fire between Turkish and Kurdish forces in northeast Syria to become permanent.
"However, you would also define the word 'permanent' in that part of the world as somewhat questionable," the president said during a speech at the White House. "We all understand that. But I do believe it will be permanent."
Accordingly, Trump has ordered the treasury secretary to lift all sanctions imposed against Turkey after the start of its invasion of Kurdish-held Syria earlier this month.
"Turkey, Syria, and all forms of the Kurds have been fighting for centuries," the president said. "We have done them a great service and we've done a great job for all of them — and now we're getting out."
A "small number of U.S. troops" will remain in Syria to protect oilfields, he said, adding the United States would decide what to do with the oil in the future.
The president boasted that the U.S.-brokered ceasefire had saved the lives of tens of thousands of Kurds "without spilling one drop of American blood."
Trump also claimed that the agreement could not have been made without Turkey's invasion, which he described as a "short-term outburst" of violence.
During his 15-minute speech, the president touched on several themes that are the core of his foreign policy philosophy: The United States cannot police the world; the post 9/11 wars have been a waste of lives and money; the Middle East has become less stable because of U.S. military interventions over the past two decades; and it's time for other countries to ensure that ISIS does not regain any of its former territory.
"Let someone else fight over this long, blood-stained sand," Trump said.
The president also took aim at critics, whom he said have argued the U.S. military should have protected its Kurdish partners from the Turks and their proxies.
Such a move would have required the U.S. military to deploy tens of thousands of troops to fight Turkey, a NATO ally, he said.
"The same people that I watched and read giving me and the United States advice were the people that I have been watching and reading for many years," Trump said. "They are the ones that got us into the Middle East mess but never had the vision or the courage to get us out. They just talk. How many Americans must die in the Middle East in the midst of these ancient, sectarian, and tribal conflicts?"
"When we commit American troops to battle, we must do so only when a vital national interest is at stake and when we have a clear objective and plan for victory and a path out of conflict," the president continued. "That's what we have to have. We need a plan of victory. We will only win."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.
A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.
Nine years after losing both legs in Afghanistan, he's found purpose in family, friends and inspiring others
There's a joke that Joey Jones likes to use when he feels the need to ease the tension in a room or in his own head.
To calm himself down, he uses it to remind himself of the obstacles he's had to overcome. When he faces challenges today — big or small — it brings him back to a time when the stakes were higher.
Jones will feel out a room before using the line. For nearly a decade, Jones, 33, has told his story to thousands of people, given motivational speeches to NFL teams and acted alongside a three-time Academy Award-winning actor.
On Tuesday afternoon, he stood at the front of a classroom at his alma mater, Southeast Whitfield High School in Georgia. The room was crowded with about 30 honor students.
It took about 20 minutes, but Jones started to get more comfortable as the room warmed up to him. A student asked about how he deals with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I believe in post-traumatic growth," Jones said. "That means you go through tough and difficult situations and on the back end through recovery, you learn strength."
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.