On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted out a picture of the military dog wounded during a special operations raid against al-Baghdadi, the ISISI leader. Multiple Defense Department sources told Newsweek the dog's name—and gender.
"We have taken it and secured it," Trump said on Sunday in regards to Syria's oil.
Trump described how watching the raid on the ISIS leader was like "watching a movie," and defended his decision not to tell Democratic congressional leaders in advance of the raid.
Trump claimed that Baghdadi was "whimpering, crying and screaming" as U.S. special forces closed in on his hiding place on Saturday.
Trump said this weekend he would like to get U.S. companies into eastern Syria to "properly" exploit the oil fields there.
After news of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death, Marsha Mueller on Sunday praised Trump for bringing justice for her daughter.
Mueller, a former humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Arizona, was kidnapped by ISIS in August 2013 after she travelled from Turkey to Aleppo.
Newsweek has learned that Abdullah Qardash has been designated as the successor to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died during a U.S. raid Saturday.
Newsweek has learned that the U.S. has killed ISIS spokesperson Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir in Aleppo, Syria.
"Al Baghdadi spread 'fire and brimstone' on earth; now he feels it for himself in hell," GOP Senator Mitt Romney tweeted.
"Something very big has just happened," tweeted Trump. The Defense Department reported "high confidence" that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead.
Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov claimed U.S. troops protected American oil smugglers who circumvented sanctions in return for petrodollars.
After the unexpected, bipartisan backlash to Trump's withdrawal decision, the administration appears to have reversed course, indicating it may leave a few hundred troops in northeast Syria.
Russia's deputy foreign minister says that when it comes to not recognizing the Syrian government's authority, "that's where we do not see eye-to-eye with the U.S. on the approach to this situation, and it cannot be otherwise."
President Trump's impulsive decision to allow the slaughter of Kurdish civilians and the Syrian Democratic Forces will leave a dark legacy that extends far beyond this war or this presidency.
Trump appeared to suggest Thursday that the Kurdish population in Syria relocate to a small area of desert he referred to as the "Oil Region."
Iraqi Kurdish member of parliament Shirwan Mirza told Newsweek that, if the U.S. doesn't "change its attitude" soon, "then we are obliged to look for another friend in this area."
The televangelist argued that withdrawal from northern Syria will embolden enemies of the U.S. around the globe to seize more disputed territory and make us seem unreliable to our allies.
The president said Wednesday that the U.S. would now "let someone else fight over this long bloodstained sand."
Despite the rebukes of what bipartisan lawmakers have described as a strategic error, President Donald Trump presented his recent decisions as a fulfillment of his campaign promises.
Michael McFaul said President Donald Trump has "personalized" and "privatized" U.S. foreign policy at great cost to the country.
"I am not completely convinced that it was a bad idea to get them out of harm's way," John Cornyn said of U.S. troops in Syria.
Panetta told MSNBC the president's announcement from the White House about a ceasefire continuing "is claiming victory for what was essentially a surrender."
Newsweek has learned of a tentative U.S. plan to send about 30 tanks along with personnel to guard oil fields in eastern Syria as troops pulled out from other parts of the country.
Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mazloum Kobane appeared to corroborate President Donald Trump's account of their call.
The president has called the negotiations with Turkey after the fallout from his Syria withdrawal a "big success."
Abandoning our Kurdish partners, who valiantly fought alongside us to combat ISIS, is not consistent with who we are as a military force.
The Russian Defense Ministry released a new map following the country's deal with Turkey to pause military operations and facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish-led forces from northeastern Syria.
Thirty-one percent of Republicans disapprove of the president's decision to withdraw troops in Syria, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released on Wednesday.
A deal agreed between Russia and Turkey on Tuesday handed Kurdish-led forces a 150-hour ultimatum to withdraw from an 18-mile zone along the Turkish border.