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U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford hold a media briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Aug. 28.

In Muted Response to Iran Strikes, U.S. to Send Reinforcements to Saudi Arabia

Deployment will include missile defense capabilities and a “moderate” increase in troops.

Sailors watch the sunset atop an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the 5th Fleet area of operations on March 23, 2018.

Iran-Saudi Crisis Resurrects an Old Question: Does the U.S. Need to Be There at All?

Trump’s reluctance to retaliate against Iran may reflect his belief that an “energy independent” United States no longer needs to protect the region.

People walk near heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria on Sept. 16.

Idlib Faces a Fearsome Future: Islamist Rule or Mass Murder

Despite this week’s meeting of Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani, there is no good news in the last redoubt of the Syrian revolt.

Newly released child soldiers stand with rifles during their release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on Feb. 7, 2018.

Foreign Investors Fueled Violence and Corruption in South Sudan, Report Finds

Numerous banks and multinationals have hands in shady deals with the new nation’s elites and warlords.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 27, 2018.

Pompeo Skirts Protocol to Appoint New Protocol Chief

Democrats say that the U.S. secretary of state is bypassing the Senate’s traditional oversight measures with the appointment.

A Filipina health worker speaks to pregnant women on family planning in Navotas City, suburban Manila, on March 3, 2011.

Trump Administration Steps Up War on Reproductive Rights

U.S. diplomats team up with a “rogues’ gallery” of conservative states to roll back global reproductive health gains of the past quarter-century.

Robert O'Brien, the special envoy sent by U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at the courthouse during the third day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial at the Stockholm city courthouse on Aug. 2.

Trump Picks Low-Key Operative as National Security Advisor 

The choice of Robert O’Brien to replace John Bolton reinforces Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s power in the Trump administration. 

Iranian women walk in the capital, Tehran, on Aug. 27. Iran’s economy has struggled with U.S. sanctions and could face even more after last weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Trump Sanctions Iran Again, Inching Toward Economic Blockade

But some experts say the move is a weak response to alleged Iranian attacks on Saudi oil.

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine accused of spying and arrested in Russia, arrives to attend his hearing at a court in Moscow on Aug. 23.

Paul Whelan’s Freedom Is a Family Affair

Siblings of former U.S. Marine detained in Moscow work around the clock to procure his release.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House on March 20, 2018.

Trump Team Debates Response to Strikes on Saudi Oil

Pentagon is cautious as Riyadh requests additional U.S. forces.

A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.

A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.

Now-departed U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump at the White House on Aug. 20,

Bolton Is Gone, but Tensions With Iran Remain High

The departure of Trump’s hawkish national security advisor raised hopes in Washington, but a sudden thaw with Tehran is unlikely.

Guy Snodgrass, a former Navy F/A-18 pilot, sued the Pentagon for dragging out a review of his upcoming book.

Former Mattis Aide at Center of Dispute Over Pentagon Transparency

Some contend that the department’s delay in approving his memoir was due to longstanding protocol, not ill will.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin brief reporters in the James Brady briefing room at the White House on Sept. 10.

Who’s on the Shortlist to Replace Bolton

A number of names have emerged as top contenders for the job, but at the end of the day, Trump will remain the decider-in-chief.

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