Security Brief

Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor departs during a break while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 13 Washington.

After First Public Hearings, Impeachment Battle Lines Are Drawn

Testimony from U.S. diplomats pushes both Democrats and Republicans back into their corners.

Syrian security forces stop civilians from approaching the site of an explosion in Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Nov. 11.

Syrian Refugees Accuse Turkey’s Proxy Army of Abusing Civilians

Those displaced in northeastern Syria have called the operation a form of ethnic cleansing.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit on July 11, 2018 in Brussels.

Washington Rolls Out the Unwelcome Mat for Turkish President

Lawmakers are still fuming over Erdogan’s incursion into northeastern Syria.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrols the northern countryside of the northeastern Syrian town of al-Malikiyah at the border with Turkey, on Nov. 3, 2019.

No Cease-Fire in Syria as Joint Russian-Turkish Patrols Begin

Clashes continued over the weekend despite the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish fighters from the border.

A member of the Kurdish internal security services known as Asayish stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against the Turkish assault on northeastern Syria and in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces, in Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli on Oct. 28, 2019.

Inside the Iran Hawks’ Doomed Campaign to Stay in Syria

Senior U.S. officials fought to reverse Trump’s withdrawal, with disastrous consequences for the Kurds.

Syrians gather amid the rubble of a building at the site of helicopter gunfire which reportedly killed nine people near the northwestern Syrian village of Barisha in Idlib province along the border with Turkey, where "groups linked to the Islamic State  group" were present, according to a Britain-based war monitor with sources inside Syria, on Oct. 27.

Inside the Raid That Killed Baghdadi

Information from the Syrian Kurds and Iraqi security officials was key to the CIA-led intelligence gathering operation.

Mourners attend the funeral of three Syrian Democratic Forces fighters killed in battles against Turkey-led forces in the Syrian Kurdish town of Qamishli on Oct. 24.

Russian Military Police Deploy in Northern Syria

In Washington, a Kurdish leader accused the Trump administration of misleading her people.

A convoy of U.S. military vehicles arrives near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash in the  Dohuk governorate after withdrawing from northern Syria on Oct. 21, 2019.

Trump Weighs Leaving Skeleton Force in Northeast Syria

Under the plan, some 200 U.S. troops would stay to protect the oil fields and fight the Islamic State.

This picture taken on October 17, 2019 from the Turkish side of the border with Syria in the Ceylanpinar district city of Sanliurfa shows smoke and fire rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain during the Turkish offensive against Kurdish groups in northeastern Syria.

U.S. Troops in Syria Beat a Hasty Exit

American forces are abandoning outposts across the region as Russia and Syria moves in.

A Syrian fighter with Turkish-backed forces watches an armored personnel carrier maneuvering on the outskirts of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad on Oct. 13, 2019.

Chaos in Syria as Kurds Ally With Assad

U.S. withdrawal leaves Syrian Kurds turning toward Damascus for support against Turkey.

Turkish army vehicles drive towards the Syrian border near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on Oct. 9, 2019.

Death Toll Rises as Turkey Moves Into Syria

Turkish air and ground forces pummelled the region, killing Kurdish fighters and wounding civilians.

Female fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces attend a graduation ceremony.

Trump Abandons the Syrian Kurds

The move to withdraw American troops from the border goes against the advice of senior defense officials.

A man watches a television news screen reporting latest developments on North Korea's missile launch as the screen shows file footage, at a railway station in Seoul on October 2, 2019. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

North Korea Tests New Ballistic Missile Ahead of Nuclear Talks

The launch is Pyongyang’s most provocative since before the Singapore summit.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he returns to the White House after attending the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Shadow Foreign Policy in Ukraine

Revelations last week threaten to engulf prominent members of the Trump team as well as State Department officials.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 25.

Trading Missiles for Favors

Trump’s exchange with Zelensky over an advanced missile purchase raises more questions about his interactions with foreign leaders.

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