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The Taliban in Afghanistan refused to hold formal talks with the Western-backed Afghan government during peace talks planned to take place in Saudi Arabia next month.
Despite the falling out, the Pentagon says that outgoing Defense Secretary Mattis authorised Trump's withdrawal of US forces from Syria, one of the decisions that helped trigger his resignation.
Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin says a US military delegation is visiting Turkey to discuss US President Donald Trump's announcement of plans to withdraw roughly 2,000 US troops from Syria.
In a phone call between Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump, both sides agree to "coordinate" to prevent a "power vacuum" in war-torn Arab country after US withdrawal.
Many will doubt whether Trump can be trusted to deliver on his latest announcement to draw American troops down from Syria given his record.
Slamming the US for planning to install military observatory posts in northern Syria, Turkey's defense minister said the move will create a countrywide impression that “American soldiers are somehow protecting YPG terrorists.”
The Pentagon says the planned posts in northern Syria are meant to ease Turkey's border concerns, but it also describes Ankara's recent military operations in the region as "instability".
The move comes at a time of international outrage over the murder of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and after Democratic and Republican lawmakers threatened to take action in Congress next week over the refuelling operations.
It's unlikely that Trump will press Saudi and its allies on humanitarian grounds in Yemen, especially when there is a massive arms deal at risk. But if Trump looks beyond these two issues, there might be a path towards a ceasefire.
Erik Prince, a former US Navy SEAL whose sister Betsy De Vos serves as Education Secretary in the Trump administration, has been lobbying officials about his proposal to privatise parts of US military operations in Afghanistan for more than a year.
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