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The handover was supposed to be the first in a series of confidence-building measures agreed to in Sweden that could pave the way for a political settlement of Yemen's 4-year-old war pitting the rebels known as Houthis against the internationally recognized government backed since 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition.
Across the region, there are pockets of optimism but also a pervasive feeling of disquiet, a lot of which is linked to the twin political behemoths whose presence has been felt this year in every corner of Asia: China and Trump.
Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
The Americans profiled — Marine Sgt. Sheena Adams and a pair of Army officers, Maj. Maria Rodriguez and Capt. Johanna Smoke — wanted to make a difference in America’s mission in Afghanistan.
By Jerri Bell, Veterans Writing Project