US President Trump's plan dismays foreign diplomats and officials in Kabul even as Afghan presidency brushes off concerns the drawdown of at least 5,000 US troops would affect fight against Taliban.
Jim Mattis departure had been anticipated after President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing US troops from Syria despite opposition from Washington's allies and top US military officials.
Officials said the president was withdrawing US troops from Syria because Daesh has been defeated there.
CIA director Gina Haspel meets with a small group of US senators, including the chairmen and ranking senators on the key national security committees, to brief them on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
US senators are sending a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting to move forward with legislation that would end US involvement with a Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Senior officials of US President Trump's cabinet appeared before Senate ahead of a planned vote on reducing military assistance to Riyadh, blamed for high civilian death rates in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The US ceases provocative flights that could derail the diplomatic track with North Korea.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says UN-sponsored peace talks would take place next month. Separately, UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths meets Houthi rebels in capital Sanaa to set ground for talks.
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.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said missile and drone strikes by Iran-allied Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should stop, and the Saudi-led coalition must cease air strikes in all populated areas of Yemen.
President Donald Trump said on Oct. 20 that Washington planned to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia but NATO members have urged Washington to bring back Moscow into compliance with the pact rather than quit it.
Saudi Arabia will prosecute the suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir says, in response to a call by Turkey for their extradition.
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