The Pentagon said in a statement that three locations in Iraq and two in Syria were targeted by U.S. forces. The locations included weapon storage facilities and command and control locations that the Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militia uses to plan and execute attacks on OIR coalition forces.
U.S. stock futures are hugging the flat line ahead of the final two trading days of 2019, but the major averages are all at or near milestones.
The Syrian economy has collapsed. The oil could be just enough to prop up the Syrian government — or a competing power. And who controls oil-rich stretches of the Syrian desert could determine who controls large regions of the country.
Heavy fighting continues despite a cease-fire deal in northern Syria after Turkey vowed to clear SDF fighters from a 20-mile-deep "safe zone."
Petraeus' comments come as Trump hosts Turkish President Recep Erdogan in a controversial visit to Washington.
President Trump will hold a press conference with Turkish President Erdogan on Wednesday, following a highly anticipated meeting at the White House.
President Trump confirmed the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after U.S. Special Forces raided a compound in Syria. Trump detailed the top secret mission, saying, "He died like a coward." Baghdadi's death delivers a major blow to the so-called Islamic State even as U.S. forces withdraw from the area. Accompanied by three young children, Baghdadi then ignited his suicide vest, killing himself and all three children, the president said.
President Trump discusses the U.S. role in the Middle East following his decision to withdraw from Syria. He also said the U.S. will lift sanctions placed on Turkey after their incursion into the country.
"The sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we are not happy with," Trump says.
Trump's controversial move to pull U.S. troops from the Syrian border in recent weeks met with condemnation around the globe.
The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed and abandoned the Syrian Kurds and advised the Kurds to withdraw from the Syrian border as per a deal between Moscow and Ankara or be mauled by the Turkish army.
CNBC's Wilfred Frost talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about a variety of topics, including the Ukraine call, the Turkey cease-fire, China relations, the energy sector and more.
CNBC's Wilfred Frost sat down with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to talk about a variety of topics, including the Ukraine call, the Turkey cease-fire, the energy sector and more.
"We prefer peace to war," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CNBC's Wilfred Frost.
U.S. Defense Secretary Esper says that all U.S. troops leaving Syria are set go to western Iraq, the Associated Press reports.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a group of lawmakers on a surprise visit to Jordan to discuss "the deepening crisis" in Syria, AP reports.
Even Trump insiders worry that neglecting allies could hurt global trade, security interests
Fighting appears to continue in Northeast Syria despite the U.S.-brokered cease-fire. Loud bangs can be heard and rising smoke was seen in a Syrian town near Turkey's border Smoke was seen a day after Turkey and the U.S. agreed to a five-day cease-fire. Kurdish fighters are to retreat from the area, according to the agreement. Once they do, Turkey agreed to a permanent cease-fire. Turkey considers Kurdish forces as terrorists, though the U.S. worked closely with them to fight ISIS.
Associated Press journalists witnessed continued fighting Friday morning in a northeast Syrian town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect hours earlier.
Ryan Bohl, Middle East and North Africa analyst with Stratfor, joins CNBC's "Power Lunch" team to discuss the U.S. and Turkey ceasefire agreement.