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From the White House backtracking on the planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Peacekeeping - Group - Syria - Period - Time

"A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time"

The direct quote from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

President - Trump - News - Phone - Call

President Trump conveyed this news in a phone call with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

But now they are staying with Senator Lindsay Graham saying the troops will be part of "an international stabilizing force".

CNN - US - Official - US - Soldiers

CNN has been told by an anonymous US official that 100 US soldiers will stay put in southern Syria at Al-Tanf with another group of 100 remaining in northeastern Syria.

Russian officials in recent weeks have expressed doubts about the sincerity of the US announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria.

Turkey - Delivery - S-400 - Air - Defense

Turkey is set to take delivery of its first Russian S-400 air defense system in July. A Turkish arms industry official says the US offer to sell Patriot air defense systems to Turkey has been rejected because it was contingent on Turkey not buying the Russian system.

In Israel three political groupings have come together Telem, Israel Resilience and Yesh Atid to oppose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party.

Movement - Blue - White - Cacol - Lavan

Their united political movement is dubbed "Blue and White", Cacol Lavan in Hebrew.

They pledge never to support a government with Mr. Netanyahu in it and his Likud Party says the new grouping is leftist. The leadership of the group includes three generals and is described by Netanyahu as a:

Party - Generals

"party of left-wing generals"

that would create a Palestinian state.

Prime - Minister - Trip - Moscow - Wednesday

The Prime Minister cancelled a trip to Moscow Wednesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to shore up the "Right" side of Israeli politics helping the Jewish Home Party to unite various religious factions including supporters of Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Netanyahu and Putin had a brief phone conversation Thursday and plan a face to face...
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