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Fight to Retake Last ISIS Territory Begins

The Islamic State also remains well positioned to inspire attacks outside the Middle East, from small-scale assaults like the killing of four cyclists in Tajikistan this year to the truck attack in Nice, France, in 2016 in which more than Read more…


‘Time for This War in Afghanistan to End,’ Says Departing U.S. Commander

KABUL, Afghanistan — When American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Lt. Col. John W. Nicholson Jr. survived by chance. That morning, as dozens of his colleagues were killed, he was moving house Read more…


After Deadly Raid, Pentagon Weighs Withdrawing Almost All Commandos From Niger

He said those teams could be brought in from National Guard units from California, Indiana, Michigan and other states. “We won’t walk away and abandon this,” General Waldhauser said. The defense strategy that was unveiled in January, coupled with the Read more…


With Ships and Missiles, China Is Ready to Challenge U.S. Navy in Pacific

The roots of China’s focus on sea power and “area denial” can be traced to what many Chinese viewed as humiliation in 1995 and 1996. When Taiwan moved to hold its first democratic elections, China fired missiles near the island, Read more…


North Korean State Media Denounce U.S. as Diplomacy Stalls

WASHINGTON — North Korean state media criticized the United States over the weekend for “extremely provocative and dangerous military moves” in Pacific waters and warned that the diplomacy forged between the two countries’ leaders during their Singapore summit meeting in Read more…


Why the Taliban’s Assault on Ghazni Matters for Afghanistan and the U.S.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The American-led invasion of Afghanistan routed Taliban extremists from power after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 17 years later, after tens of thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars spent and two White Read more…


Over 100 Officers and Soldiers Killed in Crucial Afghan City in 3 Days

Accounts from residents leaving the city said the only areas still being held by the government were the governor’s office, police and intelligence agencies headquarters, an ancient fort called the Bala Hisar and a few other government facilities. The United Read more…


Suicide Bomber Kills 3 NATO Troops on Day of Violence in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a joint patrol of NATO and Afghan forces near a large military base just outside the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least three NATO service members and injuring three others, officials said, Read more…


Newest U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan Mirrors Past Plans for Retreat

In 2015, the Obama administration encouraged Afghan commanders to give up defending some of the most remote checkpoints and outposts that were seen as difficult to reclaim and hold. General Nicholson supported the idea after he took command in 2016, Read more…


U.S. Diplomats Held Face-to-Face Talks With Taliban, Insurgents Say

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — In a reversal of a longstanding policy, American diplomats held face-to-face talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar a week ago without Afghan government officials present, two senior Taliban officials said on Saturday. A State Department spokeswoman did Read more…