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Idrees Ali

U.S. raises pressure on Maduro via sanctions, aid airlift

Feb 15 2019

WASHINGTON/MUNICH The United States ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday by sanctioning some of his top security officials and the head of the state oil company, and unveiling plans to airlift over 200 tons of aid to the Colombian border.

U.S. raises pressure on Maduro via sanctions, aid airlift

Feb 15 2019

WASHINGTON/MUNICH, Feb 15 The United States ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday by sanctioning some of his top security officials and the head of the state oil company, and unveiling plans to airlift over 200 tons of aid to the Colombian border.

Acting Pentagon chief says committed to defeating Islamic State, but allies skeptical

Feb 15 2019

MUNICH, Germany Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Friday the United States was committed to defeating Islamic State in the Middle East and beyond, but officials said European allies were skeptical of Washington's pledges.

U.S. vows to coordinate with allies on any Afghanistan pullout

Feb 14 2019

BRUSSELS Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan sought to reassure nervous NATO allies on Thursday that any potential U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be done in a coordinated fashion, which could calm European concern about a precipitous drawdown.

Acting Pentagon chief backs NATO, despite Trump's past criticism

Feb 14 2019

BRUSSELS Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday that he backed a strong NATO, a move likely to calm allies nervous about Washington's commitment to the alliance after his predecessor resigned over differences with President Donald Trump. | Video

U.S. allies look for clues on acting Pentagon chief in European debut

Feb 13 2019

BRUSSELS U.S. allies will use the opportunity of Patrick Shanahan's first NATO ministers meeting this week to see whether the acting defense secretary will be as supportive of the military alliance as his predecessor was, defense officials and experts said. | Video

Acting Pentagon chief reassures Iraqis after anger over Trump remarks

Feb 12 2019

BAGHDAD Acting U.S. defense chief Patrick Shanahan told Iraqi leaders that Washington understood its forces were in Iraq at Baghdad's invitation, aiming to steady relations after President Donald Trump said U.S. troops were needed to keep an eye on Iran. | Video

Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role in peace talks

Feb 11 2019

KABUL Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday it was important for the Afghan government to be included in talks to end the country's 17-year war, an involvement that the Taliban has so far rejected.

Exclusive: Long a spoiler, Pakistan starts behind-scenes aid to U.S.-Taliban talks

Feb 08 2019

WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Pakistan, long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan, has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by facilitating travel to negotiations, U.S. officials and Taliban sources told Reuters. | Video

As U.S. withdraws, top general warns on Islamic State threat in Syria

Feb 05 2019

WASHINGTON A top U.S. general warned on Tuesday that Islamic State would pose an enduring threat following a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, saying the militant group retained leaders, fighters, facilitators and resources that will fuel a menacing insurgency. | Video

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