Defense Secretary James Mattis: ‘We’re Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody’s Oil’ : The Two-Way : NPR

In an unannounced visit, Defense Secretary James Mattis traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders. He arrived during a fight to retake western Mosul, with allies’ faith in the U.S. at a low.

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Trump offers unwavering support for Israel but urges Netanyahu to ‘hold off’ on Jewish settlements

Charting a striking new course, Donald Trump withheld clear support for an independent Palestine and said he could endorse a one-state solution

While Trump urged Netanyahu to “hold off” on Jewish settlement construction in territory the Palestinians claim for their future state, he offered unwavering support for Israel, a pledge he appeared to substantiate with his vague comments about the shape of any agreement.

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Full interview transcript: Syrian President Bashar Assad [Video]

Michael Isikoff

Chief Investigative Correspondent
Yahoo News

Mr. President. Thanks for giving us the opportunity. This is your first interview with American media since President Trump has taken office. Have you had any communications with President Trump directly or indirectly, or anybody in his administration?

No, not yet.

This is an opportunity for you to convey a message to President Trump, if you have one. What would you like to say to him?

I wouldn’t convey the message through the media. I would send it through different — channel, maybe diplomatic channel. But any message for us is the public one. We don’t have two messages. We have one stand, one position toward what’s happening in Syria. And it’s about fighting terrorism.

You said yesterday, I believe, that what you have heard from the new administration is “promising.” Explain what you meant.

The position of President Trump since he started his, the campaign for presidency till this moment is that the priority is to fight terrorism. And we agree– about this priority. That’s our position in Syria. The priority is to fight terrorism. And that’s what’s mean, what I mean by promising.

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Turkey detains 4 IS suspects, seizes 24 suicide attack be

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, CIA Director-designate Rep. Michael Pompeo, R-Kan. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. CIA Chief Mike Pompeo is scheduled to arrive Thursday, Feb. 9 in Turkey to discuss security issues on his first overseas trip in his new role (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

Police detained four Islamic State group suspects who were allegedly planning to carry out

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