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Iran says US presence in Syria ‘wrong’ from start

Iran said on Saturday the US presence in Syria had been “wrong and illogical” from the start, in its first official reaction to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops. “The presence of American forces was from the very start, in principle, a wrong and illogical move and a primary cause of instability and insecurity in the region,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on his Telegram channel. Trump vowed on Thursday that the United States would no longer be the “policeman of the Middle East” as…

A blow to morale: Afghan generals worry about US withdrawal

The Taliban welcomed news of the US plan to withdraw half its troops in Afghanistan by the summer, as Afghan generals warned it would be a blow to the morale of the country's beleaguered security forces who come under daily attacks from the insurgent fighters. The announcement seems certain to complicate efforts to reach a peace deal, mostly because it gives the Taliban leverage by allowing them to hold off until a total US withdrawal, or step up their demands over a weakened Afghan government. “I believe the Taliban…