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President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis at the White House in October. Mattis will be replaced by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday.
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U.S.-backed Kurdish militants seem to be in talks with the Syrian regime to hand over the city of Manbij. Turkey has threatened an offensive against the town if the Kurds remain in control. Here, members of the Kurdish internal security force are seen in a photo from March.