The Daily Populous

Friday December 21st, 2018 evening edition

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More than 7,000 American troops will begin to return home from Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. official said.

The move will come as the first stage of a phased drawdown and the start of a conclusion to the 17-year war that officials say could take at least many months.

There now are more than 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Trump announced Wednesday that he would pull all of the more than 2,000 American troops from Syria.

“I think it shows how serious the president is about wanting to come out of conflicts,” a senior U.S. official said of how the Syria decision affects his thinking on Afghanistan.

“I think he wants to see viable options about how to bring conflicts to a close.”.

Trump’s attorney general pick criticized an aspect of Mueller probe in memo to Justice Department. »

US Defence Secretary James Mattis announces resignation

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Defence Secretary James Mattis will leave the administration in February.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis is resigning, the latest in a string of senior US officials to do so.

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption "One bridge too far": Former US Defence Secretary William Cohen reacts to Mattis' resignation. »

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards Went to Congress First

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The latest report from BuzzFeed, headlined “Russian Agents Sought Secret US Treasury Records On Clinton Backers During 2016 Campaign,” includes information about what Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40, did before she was arrested for allegedly leaking Trump associates’ confidential bank records in the press.

One senior adviser has been arrested and accused of releasing financial records to a journalist.

Edwards allegedly confessed to giving the BuzzFeed reporter the SARs, but claimed she thought the reporter wouldn’t publish them. »

The Faces of Margraten

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Former President John F. Kennedy once said, “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it.”.

Vonk added the “Adopt-A-Grave” program, which was founded in 1945 by Dutch citizens, currently has a waiting list of 300 Dutch wishing to adopt a grave or name in the Margraten cemetery.

The website also contains information for American soldiers buried in Belgium at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery as well as at Ardennes American Cemetery. »