Weapons

Russia ambassador Vassily Nebenzia vetoes Syria chemical weapons resolution on October 24, 2017. (Timothy Clary/ AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Vetoes U.N. Effort to Finger Those Responsible for Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks

Nikki Haley warns U.S. is prepared to use military to enforce prohibition on Syrian chemical weapons use.

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The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency

Are you a Syrian rebel in need of U.S.-manufactured assault rifles, or even a tank? You can buy it on Telegram.

A Ukrainian military drill takes place in Oct. 2017. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine Expects Trump to Approve Arms Deliveries

Ukrainian lawmakers are optimistic that the White House will give the green light for long-sought weapons.

People watch a news report in Seoul on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6, 2016. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Has No Plan for Dealing With a North Korean EMP Attack

Newt Gingrich says there’s a lack of staff in the administration to take on the issue. Critics say it doesn't matter.

North (top) and South (bottom) Korean border posts on Aug. 21, 2015. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

Seven Reasons Why Putting U.S. Nukes Back in South Korea Is a Terrible Idea

Here are seven reasons why the United States should not seek to deploy nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean soldiers stand guard at a guard post near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing two Koreas in the border city of Paju on August 11, 2017.
As nuclear-armed North Korea's missile stand-off with the US escalates, calls are mounting in the South for Seoul to build nuclear weapons of its own to defend itself -- which would complicate the situation even further. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Talk to North Korea

Trump needs to focus on reassuring U.S. allies, engage with North Korea, and stop doing Pyongyang favors.

U.N. Commission Calls Out Syrian Government for Sarin Attack

The long-awaited report says the Syrian air force carried out the bombing.

US President Donald Trump walks to the White House in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2017 upon his return from Springfield, Missouri, where he spoke about tax reform. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

The Iran Deal Is Keeping the Middle East From Going Nuclear. Why Does Trump Want to Blow It Up?

It is the height of irresponsibility for the Trump administration to even consider walking away from the JCPOA.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and Iranian head of the military Hasan Firoz Abadi look through binoculars during the test firing of short- and medium-range missiles on 18 September 2004, amid fears in the West that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons and an ongoing review by the UN watchdog of the country's atomic energy program. AFP PHOTO/Str (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Next Self-Inflicted Crisis Is a Nuclear Iran

If the president kills the nuclear deal, the backlash will come sooner than he thinks.

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on July 3, 2017 and released on July 4, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un signing the order to carry out the test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location.
North Korea declared on July 4 it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile -- a watershed moment in its push to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the mainland United States. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Trump’s Nuclear Crisis Was of His Own Making

The showdown between Washington and Pyongyang was the president's invention.

This picture taken and released on July 4, 2017 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location.
North Korea declared on July 4 it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile -- a watershed moment in its push to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the mainland United States. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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‘No Good Options’ on North Korea Is a Myth

Japan, South Korea, and the United States are more than capable of deterring a catastrophic attack from Pyongyang.

A medical staff at Damascus Countryside Specialised Hospital holds a placard condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun, during a gathering to show solidarity with the victims in the rebel-held Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 6, 2017.
US forces fired a barrage of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase on April 7 in response to what President Donald Trump called a "barbaric" chemical attack he blamed on the Damascus regime. Syria's regime has denied any use of chemical weapons and state media on Friday described the US strike -- which was reported to have pulverised the base and killed at least four servicemen -- as an "act of aggression". / AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-Doumy        (Photo credit should read SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria Stalls U.N. Investigation Into Chemical Weapons Attack

Authorities in Damascus withhold critical evidence that could help identify perpetrators of the April 4 sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun.

A landing ship is surrounded by the amphibious assault vehicles during the "Han Kuang" (Han Glory) life-fire drill, some 7 kms (4 miles) from the city of Magong on the outlying Penghu islands on May 25, 2017.
Taiwan forces conducted live-fire war games in its biggest annual military exercise on May 25, presided by President Tsai Ing-wen, as the island faces growing threat from its cross-strait rival China. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Senators Urge Trump to Approve Taiwan Arms Sales

Lawmakers issue bipartisan appeal amid concern the White House is abandoning Taiwan to please China.

Jet fighters of the Saudi Royal air force performs during the graduation ceremony of the 83rd batch of King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA) students that was attended by Saudi Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz (not pictured) held at the Riyadh military airport, on January 1, 2013, in Riyadh.     AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arms Sale Clears Contentious Senate Vote

A deal for thousands of precision munitions kits wins approval, but opponents of Washington’s support for Riyadh’s war in Yemen claim moral victory

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