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Poor training, excessive risk led to ill-fated Niger mission, Pentagon says

May 11, 2018
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military has concluded that “no single failure or deficiency” was to blame for the October ambush that killed four U.S. service members in Niger, according to an eight-page summary of the investigators’ findings released Thursday.

President Trump rattles global markets and cracks down on immigration, EPA chief’s future remains uncertain

April 6, 2018
A trade war, crackdown on immigration and turmoil in the Trump administration.
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Pentagon blames Islamic State for blast that killed U.S. and U.K. troops

April 4, 2018
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. military officials said they believe the Islamic State extremist group was behind the explosive attack that killed an American and British soldier last week in the Syrian city of Manbij.
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President Trump moves to ban most transgender people from the military

March 24, 2018
Kelly O'Donnell | NBC News
A new order from the White House sets restrictions on transgender people serving in the military except under "limited circumstances.” The ruling won’t take effect until it’s decided in the courts.
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The War America Isn’t Fighting

February 20, 2018
Susan Glasser | POLITICO
Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells us about his Pentagon plan to counter Russia—and why both Obama and Trump have failed to execute it.
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U.S. Commander Sees Urgent Need for Recovery in Raqqa

January 23, 2018
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military commander overseeing the war against Islamic State visited the city once claimed by the group as its capital, saying Monday that a more difficult campaign now must begin to help local residents regain control and prevent a slide back into extremist hands.
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U.S. Border Plan in Syria Fuels Tensions With Turkey

January 18, 2018
Nancy Youssef, Sune Engel Rasmussen, Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal
A U.S. plan to turn its Syrian Kurdish allies into a semiprofessional border force is stoking new tensions with NATO ally Turkey, which threatened Wednesday to launch an attack on Kurdish areas of northern Syria.
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