Donald Trump is sending mixed messages about his "immediate" removal of troops from the war against Islamic State, and complaining about the fallout.
US President Donald Trump's declaration in a phone call he was pulling US troops from Syria has left Turkey scrambling.
- by Orhan Coskun
Syrian government forces rolled into a key region held by US-backed Kurds as Moscow and its allies move quickly to fill the void left by a planned US pullout.
- by Selcan Hacaoglu
The Syria that the US military is vacating is a Balkanised version of the country that plunged into a calamitous civil war nearly eight years ago.
- by Vivian Yee
The Israeli official said the air force had attacked several Iranian targets in three main locations late on Tuesday and early on Wednesday.
- by Josef Federman & Nataliya Vasilyeva
While Syrian television did not identify the planes, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported that Israeli warplanes were flying at low altitude.
- by Bassem Mroue
Trump, who tweeted on Thursday that Mattis was "retiring, with distinction" on February 28, later changed his mind, and will oust him on January 1 instead.
- by Idrees Ali & Steve Holland
Reports that 'Papa Noel' was arrested grew so widespread that police in Iraq, a country where sectarian divisions often lead to bloodshed, publicly denied them.
- by Rod Nordland
Brett McGurk joins an exodus of experienced national security figures that also includes Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.
More than 600 Australian troops continue to conduct operations and train local troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- by Eryk Bagshaw