Security Brief

Security stands watch as a helicopter carries U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo back to his plane after meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2019.

Afghanistan’s Peace Deal Hangs in the Balance

Pompeo met with Afghan and Taliban leaders this week to salvage the fragile agreement. He came back empty-handed.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House on March 18 in Washington.

The Military Alone Can’t Rescue the U.S. From Coronavirus

Trump is calling on the military to do more to tackle the pandemic, but its resources are limited.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, participates in a press briefing on Oct. 30, 2019, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

An Iranian Proxy Group Is Likely Behind Attack That Killed U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

The U.S. Centcom chief warns of an ‘illusion of return to normalcy’ in U.S.-Iran tensions.

U.S. soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit by Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, at an Afghan army in Wardak province on June 6, 2019.

Can the Afghan Peace Deal Survive Early Setbacks?

Peace advocates and hardliners within the Taliban are feuding over whether to stick to the fragile agreement, the Pentagon says.

Disinfection professionals spray anti-septic solution against the coronavirus on Feb. 27 in Seoul.

Coronavirus Fears Halt U.S. Military Exercises

The United States and South Korea have postponed annual drills amid the virus outbreak.

U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell attends a reception hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Meseberg palace on July 6, 2018 near Gransee, Germany.

Trump Loyalist Appointed Acting Intel Chief

The U.S. ambassador to Germany will mix his policy duties with a supposedly apolitical senior intelligence post.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a meeting with then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and cyber security experts at the White House on Jan. 31, 2017, in Washington.

Impeachment Fallout Continues as Former Officials Speak Out

John Kelly joins a chorus of former officials criticizing Trump for withholding military aid to Ukraine and then sacking officials who testified.

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln transits the Strait of Hormuz as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off from the flight deck on Nov. 19, 2019.

Pentagon to Roll Out $705 Billion Budget

The proposal is a decrease from last year, indicating the defense department is bracing for an end to the growth it has seen under Trump.

Russian military police stand near an armored personnel carrier in Syria's Hasakeh province on Oct. 24, 2019.

Russia Gains Ground in Syria

Russian personnel are inching into territory where U.S. troops are patrolling, setting the stage for showdowns between the two powers.

Yemeni fighters targeting al Qaeda militants.

Leader of al Qaeda in Yemen Believed Dead in U.S. Airstrike

Officials are reportedly waiting for confirmation before making an announcement.

A U.S. Army instructor demonstrates a weapon to Malian soldiers on April 12, 2018, during an anti-terrorism exercise at a military camp near Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso.

Pentagon Debates Drawdown in Africa, South America

The potential troop cuts face scrutiny inside the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill.

Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting of his cabinet in the White House on Feb. 12, 2019, in Washington.

Will Bolton’s Bombshell Affect the Impeachment Trial?

New revelations from Trump’s former national security advisor could alter the fight in the Senate over whether to allow witnesses.

Rep. Adam Schiff and other Democratic lawmakers walk through the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Senate on Jan. 16 in Washington, DC.

What to Watch Today in Trump’s Impeachment Trial

A key unanswered question is whether the U.S. Senate will vote to allow witnesses.

Rudy Giuliani, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, and his associate Lev Parnas arrive for the funeral of late U.S. President George H.W. Bush in Washington on Dec. 5, 2018.

Is Lev Parnas a Reliable Impeachment Witness?

New evidence from a key player sheds more light on Trump’s role in pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 3.

Trump Team Sends Muddled Message on Iran

National security officials backed away from the president’s claim that Iran was preparing to attack four U.S. embassies.

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