A White House national security official and decorated Iraq War veteran testified before House investigators Tuesday as part of the impeachment inquiry. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director of European affairs on the National Security Council, personally heard President Donald Trump call with Ukraine's president. Plus, Turkey is struggling to get international support for a plan to resettle 2 million Syrian refugees in a strip of land along the Turkey-Syria border. And we've got a piece about Latin American witchcraft, known as brujería.
When the White House withdrew US troops from Syria, it unwittingly sacrificed one of its core constituencies’ dearest causes — Christians in the Middle East. US actions in the region since the early October withdrawal have been a response to their ire. It’s working — for now.
Turkey extended a deadline for Syrians to update their registration cards or move until Oct. 30. But many say they’ve run into problems getting their papers in order, and registrations in larger cities, including Istanbul, have been completely blocked.
A witness in the impeachment inquiry faced accusations of being a "double agent" by conservative media before his appearance on Tuesday. A retired general who supervised Army Lt. Col. Alex Vindman says the suggestions and innuendo are "reprehensible."