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Trump announces an agreement to establish formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

Israel and the UAE Strike ‘Historic’ Deal to Normalize Relations

The shared threat from Iran helped grease the wheels for the diplomatic breakthrough.

A police officer patrols in front of the Kremlin's Spasskaya tower and St. Basil's Cathedral on the background in central Moscow, Russia on June 29, 2020.

Russia Ramps Up Disinformation Machine Ahead of 2020

The U.S. State Department discloses that Russian websites are already sowing confusion about the coronavirus.

A soldier wears a U.S. flag on his uniform during the Allied Spirit X international military exercises at the U.S. 7th Army training center on April 9, 2019 near Hohenfels, Germany.

Trump’s Germany Troop Withdrawal Could Take Years to Execute

U.S. service members are told that the planning for the drawdown is slow out of the gate.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper receives a tour of a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on July 22.

In Base Visit, Esper Avoids the White House Radar

The Pentagon chief ducks questions about federal agents in Portland in his first on-camera briefing since June.

A picture obtained by AFP from the Iranian news agency Tasnim on May 30 shows fires burning in a protected area in the Zagros mountain range, near the city of Behbahan, Iran.

Why Are Mysterious Fires Still Burning in Iran?

The incidents could raise fears of a military miscalculation between Tehran and Washington.

U.S. President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone separating South and North Korea on July 30, 2019.

North Korea Talks Stall Despite Trump Overtures on New Summit

When it comes to meeting with Kim Jong Un, the administration is still sending mixed messages.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a press conference at the Pentagon on December 20, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia.

What’s in the $740 Billion U.S. Defense Bill?

Trump is already threatening a veto over plans to rename Army bases named after Confederate generals.

U.S. and Polish troops take part in the official welcoming ceremony for NATO troops in Orzysz, Poland, on April 13, 2017.

Will Trump’s Plans to Withdraw Troops from Europe Go Forward?

Diplomats and former Pentagon officials are concerned about the knock-on effects of reducing the U.S. military footprint in Germany.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party, during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on October 8, 2018.

Pompeo Quietly Meets Chinese Counterpart Amid Mounting Tensions

The top U.S. diplomat’s furtive meeting in Hawaii comes as John Bolton’s tell-all roils Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion with African American supporters in the Cabinet Room of the White House on June 10.

Trump Bats Down Military Plans on Confederate-Named Bases

The move comes after the defense secretary clashed with the White House over the deployment of active-duty troops to quell protests.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks as President Donald Trump listens during the daily White House coronavirus press briefing on April 1 in Washington.

The U.S. Military Is Caught in Trump’s Political Crossfire

Esper’s job hangs in the balance, and former Defense Secretary Mattis issues a rare and stinging rebuke of the president.

U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House on May 27 in Washington.

Trump Signals He Wants Troops Home by November

The proposal to withdraw from Afghanistan doesn’t follow the timeline of the peace deal signed with the Taliban in February.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony with Namibian President Hage G. Geingob in Beijing on March 29, 2018.

China’s Building Projects in Africa Are a Spymaster’s Dream

A new report shows how Beijing is using infrastructure to expand its surveillance network on the continent, making U.S. officials vulnerable.

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a car bombing near Bagram Air Base in Parwan province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 11, 2019.

Is the Afghan Peace Deal Dead on Arrival?

The Trump administration’s push for an end to two decades of war may be slipping through its fingers.

Senate Democrats discuss war powers resolution on Iran.

Trump’s War on Congressional War Powers Isn’t Over

The U.S. president has vetoed a measure that would block military action against Iran without congressional approval. But lawmakers aren’t finished yet.

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