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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie

Pentagon Leaders Contradict Biden Over Troops in Afghanistan

Lawmakers raked Gen. Milley, Gen. McKenzie, and Defense Secretary Austin over the coals for the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan.

North Korean missile launch

New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability

The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.

A U.S. soldier shoots in the air with his pistol while standing guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 20.

What Should Biden Have Done in Afghanistan?

Withdrawal was always bound to be chaotic, but wishful thinking, poor planning, and glacial bureaucracies have made a difficult situation worse.

U.S. soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire

A ‘Digital Dunkirk’ to Evacuate Afghan Allies

Veterans mobilize online to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan

The United States Keeps Doing What It Can’t

The main lesson from the failed intervention in Afghanistan is about the dangers of self-delusion. Will anyone learn it?

Then-U.S. President Bill Clinton uses binoculars to look across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea with two U.S. soldiers during his trip to South Korea on July 11, 1993.

Seoul Isn’t Kabul

Withdrawing U.S. forces from South Korea is unlikely, but fresh thinking in Washington could lay the groundwork for a new security architecture on the peninsula.

Iran's then-Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) of the Taliban in Tehran on Jan. 31.

Why Iran Will Welcome the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

Tehran’s Shiite regime has strategic, economic, ideological, and ecological reasons for backing Sunni extremists.

People climb atop a plane at Kabul airport

‘I’m Furious. I Feel Helpless.’

American diplomats reckon with Afghanistan’s collapse.

Displaced Afghans from the northern provinces are evacuated from a makeshift camp in Shahr-e-Naw to various mosques and schools in Kabul on Aug. 12.

Afghan Government Collapses as Ghani Flees the Country

The United States evacuates its embassy while diplomats and aid officials brace for a new humanitarian catastrophe.

A worker washes one of two M1A1 Abrams tanks.

The Hidden Dangers of a Carbon-Neutral Military

If the U.S. military goes electric, it could be good for the planet—and bad for national security.

Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi and India’s Bet on Iran

The U.S. Afghanistan pullout and other geopolitical shifts are aligning New Delhi with Tehran.

U.S. soldiers in Bradley tanks near the Iraq-Syria border

No Matter What Biden Calls U.S. Troops in Iraq, Iran Is Gunning for Them

Relabeling U.S. soldiers as “noncombat” won’t spare them from militia attacks.

A security officer walks past a mural showing U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on July 31, 2020.

India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon

As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces escort suspected Taliban fighters

U.S. Officials Make Last-Minute Push to Get Afghan Spies Out Before Withdrawal

Intelligence assets who worked for the CIA now face deadly reprisals.

The Taliban delegation leaves the hotel after meeting with representatives of Russia, China, the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Qatar in Moscow on March 19.

China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance

Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.

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