With Ukraine at the epicenter of an impeachment inquiry in Washington, top American diplomats to Ukraine and foreign policy experts say continued US aid to that country is essential to its ongoing efforts to counter Russian aggression
The United States is promising not to abandon the fight to eradicate the Islamic State terror group, while pushing its coalition allies to take more responsibility for foreign fighters and rebuilding Iraq and Syria. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed visiting foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS to the State Department Thursday to discuss the way forward, as VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports.
President Donald Trump prepares to welcome Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House Nov. 13, weeks after Turkey launched an assault in Syria on Kurdish fighters — allies of the United States in the fight against Islamic State terrorists. U.S. lawmakers have slammed Trump's plans to withdraw most U.S. troops from Syria, and Democratic lawmakers are blasting his invitation to Erdogan while Turkey continues to attack the Kurds. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more.
Several senior U.S. diplomats, including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, are key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. As transcripts from diplomats' closed-door Capitol Hill hearings are released, many are questioning why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not shield or support Yovanovitch from an administration campaign that led to her eventual ouster. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
U.S. President Donald Trump has made protecting Syria's oil reserves a top priority, and is deploying U.S. troops to the oil fields even as he pulled American forces out of the border area with Turkey, clearing the way for a Turkish military assault earlier this month on the Kurds. Senior administration officials say the U.S. wants to keep the oil fields from falling back into the hands of Islamic State militants. VOA’s Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports.
As U.S. forces withdraw, Russian military police are arriving in northern Syria to drive out Kurdish fighters under the terms of an agreement forged by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Most foreign policy experts say Russia and Turkey are the clear winners of the agreement, and some fear the U.S. retreat leaves Russia as the new power broker in the Middle East. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
U.S. forces crossed into Iraq from northeastern Syria Monday, part of the broader withdrawal from the region that was ordered by President Donald Trump ahead of a Turkish incursion. Some analysts say the U.S. retreat from parts of Syria creates a vacuum for countries like Russia, with Russian President Vladimir Putin set to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayiip Erdogan Tuesday for high-stakes talks on what happens next in Syria. VOA’s Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports.