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A U.S. military vehicle drives past an oil pump jack in the countryside of Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli. President Trump is leaving some U.S. troops in Syria, with the goal of controlling Syria's oil fields. But legal experts say exploiting the oil could amount to pillaging — a war crime. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Landmark U.S. Raid In Syria Killed ISIS Leader In Northwest Syria

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Examining What Leader's Death Means To ISIS' Future

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Democratic presidential candidates (from left): Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a Democratic presidential debate. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Democrats Can Calm Their 2020 Election Anxiety By Accepting That There's No One Else

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Russian President Putin Is Looking For Weak Spots, Ex-Ambassador Says

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How Does Turkey's Offensive In Syria Fit Into Its Broader Agenda?

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Kurds Leave Northern Syria As Truce With Turkey Is Set To Expire

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren looks on as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate. Warren's policy positions were described as unrealistic and expensive by her rivals in the Democratic debate. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Turkey's Military Offensive In Syria Tests Its NATO Relationship

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Russian National's Alleged Connection Could Escalate Case Against Giuliani Associates

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