White House Rocked by Flynn’s Overtures to Russia

The national security advisor’s conversations about sanctions with the Russian ambassador have landed him in hot water, raising more questions about Trump’s odd affinity for Putin.


The Blackwater of Jihad

A consortium of elite, well-paid fighters from across the former Soviet Union are training jihadis in Syria. Their business model could go global.


If Trump Wants Safe Zones in Syria, There Have to Be Boots on the Ground

There’s just no way to protect innocent lives without putting professional militaries into the fight.

The Cable

SitRep: Bannonism: Chaos, or Part of a Plan?; Russia Bristles at NATO Deployments; Moscow’s New Syria Buildup

The Battle for Raqqa; New Iranian Missile Test; Rebel Leaders in Ukraine Ending Up Dead

Shadow Government

The Strategic Suicide of Aligning With Russia in Syria

Cutting a bargain with Moscow to cooperate in the fight against the Islamic State would be a disaster for U.S. security and influence.

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