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World Jun 08U.S. says it will intensify counter-IS fight in Afghanistan
The Afghan government's unilateral halt to attacks on the Taliban is giving U.S. counterterrorism forces a chance to intensify combat operations against Islamic State-affiliated extremists in eastern Afghanistan.
Nation Apr 16White House says Russia sanctions still under consideration
The White House scrambled Monday to walk back U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's weekend announcement that new economic sanctions against Russia are imminent, but stressed the penalties are still being considered.
World Apr 14‘Mission Accomplished’ in Syria, Trump declares on Twitter
President Donald Trump's choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
World Apr 13WATCH: President Donald Trump announces airstrikes on Syria in response to suspected chemical weapons attack
President Trump says a "combined operation" with France and the United Kingdom is underway.
World Apr 13Trump still mulling Syria strike; Russia assails gas photos
Russia and Britain exchanged sharp accusations Friday over the suspected poison gas attack in Syria, and the U.S. Navy was moving an additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking range.
Politics Apr 13Trump consults with allies as he weighs Syria decision
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that such an attack could spin out of control, suggesting caution in advance of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that U.S. officials are increasingly certain involved the…
Politics Apr 12Trump: Attack on Syria could be ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’
On Twitter, the president argued he had never signaled the timing of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that he had suggested was imminent a day earlier.
Politics Mar 11U.S. officials say no added conditions for North Korea talks
Trump administration officials said Sunday there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation's leaders.
Politics Feb 07U.S. intensifies focus on Taliban, shifts air power to Afghanistan
Air Force Maj. Gen. James Hecker told reporters at the Pentagon today that the U.S. Central Command officially designated Afghanistan as its "main effort," now that the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is winding down…
Politics Feb 06Trump’s nuclear strategy leaves little room for arms control
There's a place for arms control in the Trump administration's new nuclear strategy. It's a very small place.