Tag: United States Defense and Military Forces

White House Says 200 Troops Will Stay in Syria, Retreating From a Full Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — The White House said on Thursday that it plans to leave about 200 American troops in Syria, signaling a partial retreat from President Trump’s announcement in December that he would withdraw all 2,000 forces after what he described as a victory over the Islamic State. The move was […]

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Coast Guard Officer Plotted Terror Attacks at His Desk, Filings Say

Sitting in an office in Coast Guard headquarters, where the mission is to ensure the safety of the nation, Lt. Christopher P. Hasson took illicit opiates and plotted terror attacks that he hoped would spark a race war, according to the authorities. To outward appearances, the 49-year-old lieutenant was a […]

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Peace Treaty, and Peace Prize, for North Korea Appear to Tempt Trump

WASHINGTON — When President Trump meets North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, next week in Vietnam, his advisers hope to hammer out a road map for ridding the reclusive state of its nuclear weapons. But Mr. Trump appears more tantalized, at least for now, by declaring an end to seven decades […]

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Coast Guard Officer Plotted to Kill Democrats and Journalists, Prosecutors Say

A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist who was arrested in Maryland last week was plotting to kill a long list of prominent journalists and Democratic politicians, as well as professors, judges and what he called “leftists in general,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing. Lt. Christopher Paul […]

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White House Panel Will Study Whether Climate Change Is a National Security Threat. It Includes a Climate Denialist.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump is preparing to establish a panel to examine how climate change affects national security, to include a White House adviser whose views are sharply at odds with the established scientific consensus […]

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What Is Wrong With Afghanistan’s Peace Process

President Trump’s announcement of an impending withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s declaration that the Americans and the Taliban have “in principle” agreed to a framework for a deal have been described by both sides as a leap toward ending the war in Afghanistan. But […]

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Russia Has a Case. So Does America. So Save the Nuclear Treaty.

In Greek mythology, Pandora had a box she had been warned to never open. With no understanding of the consequences, and despite the warning, she opened the box, irreversibly releasing the plagues that would affect all of humanity forever. The American threat to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, […]

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U.S. Military Starts Flying Aid for Venezuela to Colombia

The United States military began flying humanitarian aid to a Colombian city close to the Venezuelan border on Saturday in an effort to turbocharge a relief plan that has become a cornerstone of the quest to oust President Nicolás Maduro. Military personnel used C-17 cargo planes to transport thousands of […]

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‘No One Survived.’ A Taliban Attack Kills 32 at Remote Afghan Post.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Afghan border security troops were asleep inside their remote post in southern Afghanistan early Friday when a Taliban infiltrator climbed a guard tower. Moments earlier, a lone sentry had left the post to wake his replacement. As the new sentry climbed the tower, he was shot dead […]

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American Volunteers Fighting ISIS in Syria Worry About a U.S. Pullout

A mortar blast shook the rooftop where Hunter Pugh stood watch over the last stretch of Syria controlled by the Islamic State, and he scanned the winter dawn, trying to decide whether it had been outgoing fire or an attack zeroing in on his post. The answer came from a […]

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Felipe González: We Must Not Fail the Venezuelan People

MADRID — Venezuela has been part of my life, both politically and personally, for over four decades. I was a friend of Rómulo Betancourt, the founding father of Venezuelan democracy; of Carlos Andrés Pérez, who governed Venezuela during two terms; and of all the country’s democratically elected presidents. My bond […]

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In Mattis’s Shadow, Acting Pentagon Chief Tries to Reassure NATO Allies

BRUSSELS — On his first international trip as Pentagon head, Patrick M. Shanahan entered NATO headquarters on Wednesday with a key question hanging over him: Would he be the stalwart ally and buffer against President Trump’s whims that the former defense secretary, Jim Mattis, had been? He departed the NATO […]

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Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Order Forces Allies to Weigh Return of ISIS Detainees

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria provoked widespread fears over a future resurgence of the Islamic State. But it may yet have a silver lining: Other countries have signaled they are willing to take back their citizens who joined the terrorist group but […]

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House Votes to Halt Aid for Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Wednesday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, a defiant and rare move to curtail presidential war powers that underscored anger with President Trump’s unflagging support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of a Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. […]

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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

WARSAW — The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials, who described it as part of an expanding campaign by the United States to undercut Tehran’s military and isolate its economy. Officials said it was […]

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Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD — The acting United States defense secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, arrived in Baghdad early Tuesday for an unannounced visit with Iraqi leaders to discuss the American troop presence in the country and the fight against the remains of the Islamic State. Mr. Shanahan’s trip coincides with plans for an […]

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California Governor Announces Withdrawal of National Guard Troops From Border Duty

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced Monday that he would withdraw nearly 400 of his state’s National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties. The step to rescind state authorization for the border deployment is a sharp rebuke of […]

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California Is Expected to Pull National Guard Troops Out of Border Duty

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is expected on Monday to withdraw nearly 400 of his state’s National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties, according to aides to the governor. The step to rescind state authorization for the border […]

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U.S. Airstrikes Said to Kill at Least 10 Civilians in Afghanistan

KABUL — At least 10 civilians were killed and several others were wounded over the weekend during American airstrikes in southern Afghanistan, local officials and residents in Helmand Province said on Sunday. Two residents of the Sangin district of Helmand said eight members of a single family were killed by […]

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U.S. and South Korea Sign Deal on Shared Defense Costs

SEOUL, South Korea — Washington and Seoul on Sunday signed an agreement on how to share the cost of the American military presence in South Korea, resolving a dispute between the allies before President Trump’s meeting this month with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. But the one-year deal only […]

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News Analysis: Mission ‘Accomplished’? Trump Boasts of Being Boon for Military

WASHINGTON — Over the past two weeks, President Trump has repeatedly boasted of being a boon for the military. He has trumpeted the Pentagon’s $700 billion budget, taken credit for staving off a “major war” with North Korea and generally declared victory on all things related to the United States’ […]

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Taliban Peace Talks in Moscow End With Hope the U.S. Exits, if Not Too Quickly

MOSCOW — After two days of talks in Moscow, the Taliban and prominent Afghan politicians, many of them former enemies, said on Wednesday that they had charted a broad road map for ending Afghanistan’s 18-year war, structured around the withdrawal of American forces from the country and the Taliban’s commitment […]

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