US Vice President Mike Pence is calling for America's European allies to join it in withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal and stop efforts he said are designed to evade US sanctions.
US Army General Joseph Votel, head of the US Central Command, cautioned that the exact timing would depend on the situation in Syria.
Pat Shanahan says he has no orders to reduce the US troop presence, although officials say that is at the top of the Taliban's list of demands in exploratory peace negotiations.
US President Donald Trump says his troops have "liberated virtually all of the territory" from the group.
US-coalition spokesperson confirms the drawdown ordered by President Trump is now underway. However, it's unclear what the equipment is going, or from which parts of Syria it's being removed.
A retired four star marine general who served in the Middle East and criticised the Iraq war, Zinni gave up on brokering peace between the estranged gulf allies.
Brett McGurk, who served in the post for three years, resigned on December 22, following Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria. The move also saw a resignation from defence chief James Mattis.
US President Donald Trump makes an unannounced Christmas visit to US troops in Iraq, his first trip to a conflict zone nearly two years into his presidency and days after announcing a pullout of troops from neighbouring Syria.
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.
The appointment of two anti-Taliban security chiefs, the US decision to withdraw troops, and a Taliban commander killed in an air strike send 'confusing signs' about the peace talks.
The move comes three days after Jim Mattis resigned over Trump's less interventionist policy in the Middle East.
Brett McGurk resigns in protest to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, official familiar with McGurk's resignation letter says.
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