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Helene Cooper

Helene Cooper is national security correspondent for The New York Times having previously served as a White House and State Department correspondent. She joined the Times in 2004 as the assistant editorial page editor.

Prior to joining the Times, Cooper spent twelve years with The Wall Street Journal. She was a reporter, foreign correspondent and eventually the assistant bureau chief of the Journal's  Washington Bureau, overseeing a group of reporters focusing on international economics and foreign policy. From 1999 to 2002, she was the Wall Street Journal's international economics reporter, and before that she covered economics out of the Journal's London bureau.

A native of Monrovia, Liberia, Ms. Cooper published a memoir, "The House at Sugar Beach," in the fall of 2008.

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  • The New York Times
    September 14, 2016
    The agreement that Secretary of State John Kerry announced with Russia to reduce the killing in Syria has widened an increasingly public divide between Mr. Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton B.
  • The New York Times
    May 16, 2016
    When Gen. Mark A.
  • The New York Times
    April 21, 2016
    American military officials say that two of the world’s most feared terrorist groups — the Islamic State and Boko Haram — have begun to collaborate more closely, raising alarm that they are working together to attack American allies in North and Cent
  • The New York Times
    November 12, 2015
    For the first time in the four-year Syrian civil war, President Obama is beginning to execute a combined diplomatic and military approach to force President Bashar al-Assad to leave office and end the carnage.
  • The New York Times
    October 31, 2015
    President Obama announced on Friday that he had ordered several dozen Special Operations troops into Syria for the first open-ended mission by United States ground forces in that country, deepening American involvement in a war he has tried to avoid
  • The New York Times
    October 9, 2015
    The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces
  • The New York Times
    October 8, 2015
    It seems there is a conflict with “deconfliction.” So, hello, “basic technical discussions.” The Obama administration on Wednesday rejected the notion that the United States and Russia were coordinating their side-by-side military campaigns in Syria,
  • The New York Times
    October 6, 2015
    Russia signaled deepening intervention Monday in the Syria war, strongly hinting that its “volunteer” ground forces would soon be fighting there, as NATO officials warned the Kremlin after a Russian warplane invaded Turkey’s airspace.
  • The New York Times
    August 21, 2015
    First Lt. Shaye Haver, an Apache attack helicopter pilot who on Friday will be one of the first women to graduate from the Army’s elite Ranger School, wants to remain an aviator.
  • The New York Times
    July 24, 2015
    Turkey plunged into the fight against the Islamic State on Thursday, rushing forces into the first direct combat with its militants on the Syrian border and granting permission for American warplanes to use two Turkish air bases for bombarding the gr
  • The New York Times
    June 12, 2015
    President Obama is open to expanding the American military footprint in Iraq with a network of bases and possibly hundreds of additional troops to support Iraqi security forces in their fight against the Islamic State, White House officials said on T
  • The New York Times
    June 11, 2015
    The United States is considering establishing additional military bases in Iraq to combat the Islamic State, the top American general said on Thursday, a move that would require at least hundreds more American military trainers to help Iraqi forces r
  • The New York Times
    June 10, 2015
    The Obama administration on Tuesday increased its efforts to ease Israel’s opposition to a possible nuclear deal with Iran, as the top American military leader assured Israeli officials that the United States would further strengthen Israel’s arsenal
  • The New York Times
    May 13, 2015
    A United States Marine helicopter assigned to the relief efforts in the aftermath of the latest earthquake in Nepal was missing, military officials said Tuesday.
  • The New York Times
    April 20, 2015
    To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria.
  • The New York Times
    April 8, 2015
    Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen is seizing territory, exploiting the recent turmoil in the country to capture areas in what has become a broad expansion by the Sunni extremist group, Defense Secretary Ashton B.
  • The New York Times
    March 13, 2015
    The Islamic State is facing growing dissension among its rank-and-file fighters and struggling to govern towns and villages it has seized, but the militant Sunni group is still managing to launch attacks and expand its ideological reach outside of Ir
  • The New York Times
    March 2, 2015
    Secretary of State John Kerry tried to lower the temperature on Sunday in the three-way fight among congressional Republicans, the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, saying that Mr.
  • The New York Times
    February 10, 2015
    The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday launched a series of airstrikes in Syria, returning to combat missions against the Islamic State for the first time since December.
  • The New York Times
    February 4, 2015
    Ashton B.
  • The New York Times
    December 31, 2014
    The United States transferred five detainees from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Kazakhstan, the Defense Department announced late Tuesday.
  • The New York Times
    December 5, 2014
    President Obama on Friday announced his selection of Ashton B. Carter to lead the Pentagon, embracing a physicist and national security centrist who may advocate a stronger use of American power.
  • The New York Times
    December 4, 2014
    A new military study says that reports of rapes and sexual assaults in the military increased 8 percent in the fiscal year ending September 2014, Obama administration officials said.
  • The New York Times
    December 2, 2014
    Turkey is continuing to push the Obama administration to impose a no-fly zone or safe area along the Turkish-Syrian border, administration officials said Monday, but obstacles remain to the United States’ committing to what would be a significant in
  • The New York Times
    November 25, 2014
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned under pressure on Monday after President Obama determined that he had to shake up his national security team in the face of escalating conflicts overseas and hawkish Republicans reasserting themselves on Capitol
  • The New York Times
    November 24, 2014
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of g
  • The New York Times
    October 29, 2014
    Gen. Martin E.
  • The New York Times
    October 20, 2014
    Liberians have become accustomed to living with demons. Long before Ebola arrived, the people here endured 14 years of civil war, one that snuffed out 200,000 lives and ignited acts of barbarism that laid waste to the country.
  • The New York Times
    October 17, 2014
    Hunter Biden, the younger son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., failed a drug test and was discharged this year from the Navy Reserve, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
  • The New York Times
    October 6, 2014
    It is hard enough to push away family and friends, shunning an embrace or even a shake of the hand to protect yourself from Ebola.
  • The New York Times
    October 3, 2014
    In the furious battle against time and a rampaging Ebola epidemic, the gravel crusher joined a long list of enemies.
  • The New York Times
    September 19, 2014
    The American air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria.
  • The New York Times
    September 17, 2014
    Under pressure to do more to confront the Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, President Obama on Tuesday is to announce an expansion of military and medical resources to combat the spread of the deadly virus, administration officials said.
  • The New York Times
    September 9, 2014
    The Obama administration on Monday began the work of trying to determine exactly what roles the members of its fledgling coalition of countries to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will play, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel huddled with th
  • The New York Times
    September 8, 2014
    The Obama administration is preparing to carry out a campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that may take three years to complete, requiring a sustained effort that could last until after President Obama has left office, according to se
  • The New York Times
    September 5, 2014
    NATO on Friday approved plans for a 4,000-person rapid reaction force headquartered in eastern Europe, aimed at reassuring members near Russia unnerved by its military actions in the Ukraine conflict that the principle of collective defense remains s
  • The New York Times
    August 27, 2014
    The United States has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential American military action in Syria and is moving toward expanded airstrikes in northern Iraq, administration officials said on Tuesday.
  • The New York Times
    August 26, 2014
    President Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there, but a mounting concern for the White House is how to target the Sunni extremists without helping President Bashar al-Assad.
  • The New York Times
    July 25, 2014
    Top military officials were quick to voice outrage over revelations last week that 34 officers responsible for launching the nation’s nuclear missiles cheated on monthly proficiency tests, but few expressed surprise.
  • The New York Times
    July 23, 2014
    An Army program meant to increase the number of recruits during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars devolved into an illegal free-for-all that could cost taxpayers close to $100 million, military investigators say, describing new details of what they calle
  • The New York Times
    July 22, 2014
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pe
  • The New York Times
    July 22, 2014
    In shrinking the United States Army to its smallest size since 1940, Pentagon officials said Monday that they were willing to assume more risk the next time troops are called to war.
  • The New York Times
    July 22, 2014
    President Obama, apparently resigned to President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States before he leaves office, told him in a phone call on Tuesday that he had instructed the Pentagon to begin planning
  • The New York Times
    July 22, 2014
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned Russia on Thursday to stay out of the turmoil in Ukraine, while NATO defense ministers issued repeated statements meant to show support for the new leadership in Kiev.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    The Senate on Thursday rejected a controversial bipartisan bill to remove military commanders from decisions over the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the armed forces, delivering a defeat to advocacy groups that argued that wholesale changes a
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    The top American commander in Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Al Qaeda would regroup and stage another attack on the West from Afghanistan if international troops completely withdrew from the country at the end of 2014.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    A military judge on Thursday found a former United States Naval Academy football player, Joshua Tate, not guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow midshipman when she was too drunk to consent, bringing partial resolution to a highly publicized case tha
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    President Obama and European leaders pledged Wednesday to bolster the NATO alliance and vowed that Russia would not be allowed to run roughshod over its neighbors. But the military reality on the ground in Europe tells a different story.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    The Air Force said Thursday that it had fired nine officers and accepted the resignation of the commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana as it continued to deal with a widespread cheating scandal among the men and women entrusted with the lau
  • The New York Times
    July 18, 2014
    The United States will not send a fleet to take part in naval exercises that China is hosting this month, military officials said Thursday.
  • The New York Times
    July 11, 2014
    Col. Jeff Lieb, the deputy commandant of the United States Military Academy and a veteran of the war in Iraq, paced before a group of cadets standing in formation and shouted at them about their lives after graduation.
  • The New York Times
    July 9, 2014
    United States Marine G-string underwear. The Starfleet Marine Corps Academy. And the motto from a human resources company: “The Few. The Proud. The Well-Paid.”
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    Sgt.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    Weeks before a Black Hawk helicopter lifted off in the dying light of eastern Afghanistan, carrying with it an American soldier who had spent five years in the hands of the Taliban, American officials grew increasingly worried that Sgt.
  • The New York Times
    July 1, 2014
    President Obama requested $500 million from Congress on Thursday to train and equip what the White House is calling “appropriately vetted” members of the Syrian opposition, reflecting increased worry about the spillover of the Syrian conflict into Ir