U.S. general to Turkey: ‘We’re not pulling back’ in Syria

The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, told Turkey in no uncertain terms on Monday he would not withdraw American troops operating with local Kurdish forces in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, as Ankara has demanded. As the Turkish army continued its assault against Kurds in Afrin, Votel urged his fellow NATO ally and [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.