Situation Report

A picture taken on May 13, 2019, shows the crude oil tanker, Amjad, which was one of two Saudi tankers that were damaged in mysterious attacks off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah.

U.S. Intel Indicates Iran Behind Tanker Sabotage

President Trump is warning armed conflict with Iran would be the country’s ‘official end.’

An Iranian military truck carries surface-to-air missiles past a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.

Where Is Trump Headed on Iran?

Lawmakers and American allies are growing skeptical toward the White House’s efforts to counter Tehran.

MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7, attached to Carrier Strike Group 12 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, are recalled to Naval Station Norfolk on September 15, 2018. (Jeff Sherman/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

U.S. Sends More Firepower to Counter Iran

National security experts warn the two countries may be headed toward a military confrontation.

MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7, attached to Carrier Strike Group 12 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, are recalled to Naval Station Norfolk on September 15, 2018. (Jeff Sherman/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Security Brief: Bolton’s Warning to Iran

White House says it will deploy carrier strike group and bomber task force to counter Tehran.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks with reporters at the Pentagon April 19, 2019, in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Shanahan Cleared by Pentagon IG

Acting defense secretary scores major victory on path to nomination.

Security personnel inspect the interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Security Brief: Terror in Sri Lanka, Zelensky Cruises to Victory

Massive bombings strike island nation, leaving nearly 300 dead.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on 5G deployment in the United States on April 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

Security Brief: The Coming Clash Over America’s Nukes

Trump wants to build more nuclear weapons. Will Congress let him?

Pakistani Rangers and Indian Border Security Force personnel perform during a flag lowering ceremony at the Wagah border area between Pakistan and India in eastern Pakistan's Lahore on March 30, 2019. (AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)

Security Brief: India and Pakistan Trade Barbs; Violence Escalates in Libya

Islamabad and New Delhi trade barbs, a Libyan strongman advances on Tripoli, Washing and Beijing signal progress on trade deal.

Special counsel Robert Mueller walks with his wife Ann Mueller on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Shanahan Under Fire; Islamic State Falls; Mueller Finds No Collusion

An inspector general investigation further tarnishes the former Boeing executive.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 is pictured outside the factory on March 11, 2019 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Boeing 737 Safety Systems Under Scrutiny; Terror in Christchurch

Federal transportation officials are examining the aircraft giant’s safety reports.

A man pauses by a banner showing U.S President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands next to the words 'Welcome to Vietnam' hung opposite the Marriott Hotel where President Trump is expected to stay during the forthcoming DPRK-USA summit. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Trump, Kim Head to Vietnam; DOD’s Long Term Plans at the Border

U.S. leader seeks tangible progress on North Korean denuclearization at highly anticipated summit.

People gather on the U.S.-Mexico border barrier on the beach at the Pacific ocean on February 15, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Constitutional Crisis Over Trump’s Wall; India, Pakistan on Edge

States sue to block construction of border wall; India, Pakistan military tensions ramp up following Kashmir attack.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One in Washington, D.C., February 8, 2019. Photo by Olivier Douliery/ Abaca Press

Security Brief: Shutdown, Rinse and Repeat; Acting SecDef Lands in Afghanistan

Washington prepares for a week of budget negotiations as another shutdown looms.

Former US ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad gives a press conference at Serena Hotel in Kabul on October 14, 2009. A spokesperson confirmed Khalilzad had met with both incumbent president Hamid Karzai and main rival Abdullah Abdullah who are waiting for the results of fraud allegation-tainted elections held August 20.   AFP PHOTO/Massoud HOSSAINI (Photo credit should read MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Afghan Peace Talks Take Step Forward; The 5G Race With China

American and Taliban negotiators agree to a framework for peace deal, and Washington pushes allies to ban Chinese telecom equipment.

An employee works on a laptop at BuzzFeed headquarters, December 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Security Brief: The Mueller Scoop That Wasn’t; McGurk Speaks Out

Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a rare statement disputing reporting on his investigation, and Trump's former envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition speaks out.

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) stands next to a photograph of President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Trump, Russia Bombshells Shake Washington; Prepping for War with Iran

The FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation targeting the president, Trump seized notes from talks with Putin, and the White House requested military options on Iran.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrives for a closed intelligence briefing at the U.S. Capitol with members of the House of Representatives on December 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Pentagon Exodus Continues After Mattis’s Departure

Senior officials head for the exits at Defense Department, Trump walks back Syria withdrawal plans, American Islamic State fighters captured, North Korea turns toward coal.

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