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President Donald Trump walks with three Americans released from North Korea, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim at Joint Base Andrews on May 9, 2018 in Maryland. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Has Second Thoughts on DPRK; Pompeo’s ‘Plan B’ for Iran

Trump is quizzing his South Korean counterpart on North Korean intentions.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks across as the tarmac as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to greet American detainees Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul that were freed by North Korea. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Unclear U.S. Demands on North Korea; Iran Deal Fall Out

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo provides security guarantees to Pyongyang but struggles to articulate American demands.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are in talks during the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea. Photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Admin Drives Hard Line on Korea; Details on Kim’s Offer

After a historic summit light on details, White House reiterates tough demands for North Korean denuclearization.

A British military Typhoon aircraft lands at the Sovereign Base Area (SBA) of Akrotiri following U.S., British and French strikes on Syria on April 14, 2018. IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Syria’s War Machine Up and Running; Chemical Weapons Revelations

The United States has no intention of using its firepower to halt the mass killing of civilians through conventional means, degrade Syria’s military forces, or to challenge Russia and Iran’s military positions is Syria.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Gen. John Nicholson at the Resolute Support Mission headquarters on an unannounced visit to Kabul on March 13, 2018.
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Security Brief: Russia Providing Arms to Taliban; China’s Global Kidnapping Campaign

"We've had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by Afghan leaders and [they] said, this was given by the Russians to the Taliban."

Demonstrators dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump embrace during a peace rally in Seoul on November 5, 2017.  ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: White House Sends Mixed Messages on North Korea Talks

The Trump administration can't get its message straight on talks with North Korea.

Specialist officers in protective suits secure the police forensic tent that had been blown over by the wind and is covering the bench where Sergei Skripal was found ill with his daughter on March 4. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A Brief History of Attempted Russian Assassinations by Poison

Russian security services appear to be increasingly targeting dissidents and renegade spies for death by poison.

H.R. McMaster, national security advisor, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House on February 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson-Pool/Getty Images)

Security Brief: McMaster on the Way Out? Putin Touts New Nukes

Mounting reports point toward National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's departure from the White House.

The X-43A hypersonic research aircraft is launched from the B-52B launch aircraft. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Pentagon Official Says U.S. Hypersonic Weapons Research Underfunded

Amid reports of a new Russian missile, DARPA's chief says the United States lacks infrastructure.

A picture taken in the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Harduf on February 10, 2018, shows the remains of an Israel F-16 that crashed after coming under fire by Syrian air defenses. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

FP Security Brief: Syrian and Israeli Forces Clash; Israeli F-16 Downed

Israeli and Iranian forces directly clash for the first time since 1982.

A picture taken on February 3, 2018, shows smoke billowing from the site of a downed Sukhoi-25 fighter jet in Syria's northwest province of Idlib. AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOUR

SitRep: Russian Jet Shot Down Over Syria; Israeli Targeted Killings

A new case of MANPAD usage in Syria; Ronen Bergman provides a new history of Israeli targeted killings.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Defense Budget Gets a Boost; Trump Haunts NATO

Trump budget document foresees huge budget increase for Pentagon.

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