The two NATO allies have flatly rejected Washington's proposal to establish an observer force to monitor after US withdrawal from northern Syria.
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.
Ankara expects to develop a common understanding with Washington on a Turkey-friendly safe zone in northern Syria. Are the two allies close to reaching a final deal?
As President Trump says a withdrawal is on the way, a top US general in the Middle East says he is under no “pressure to be out by any specific date” with no specific conditions, angering Turkey over US intentions.
Efforts to de-escalate undesirable situations will continue through discussion and diplomacy, says General Joseph Votel, head of the US Central Command.
Edward Erickson, an American military expert, argues that the US seeks to cultivate influence in Syria by creating "Kurdish enclaves" run by anti-Turkey forces.
The Turkish military began “Operation Olive Branch” on Saturday in Syria’s Afrin to eradicate the YPG that it sees as a security threat on its borders.
Around 400 militants "trained by US as border guards" are to establish what they call "The North Army" in Syria, seen as the latest move in an attempt to create a conventional army.
American officials say Trump will likely declare that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is no longer in the national interest of the US, potentially complicating relations with European allies.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say civilians, including three children, were fleeing the village of Mahkan, south of Al Mayadeen city.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's remarks show her "political inexperience" as she ignores the sensibilities of the Middle East.
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