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Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes

January 16, 2020
Ayesha Rascoe | NPR
A federal watchdog concluded President Trump broke a law when he froze assistance funds for Ukraine last year, according to a report unveiled on Thursday. The White House has said previously that it believed Trump was acting within his legal authority.
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U.S. Looks at Cuts to Military Aid to Iraq if Troops Are Asked to Leave

January 15, 2020
Vivian Salama | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration is preparing possible cuts of $250 million in military aid to Iraq, funds already approved by Congress, if the government expels U.S. troops, and is reconsidering a broad spectrum of other economic and military assistance that isn’t yet committed.
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Exclusive: Trump tells Kim Jong-un he wants to resume talks

January 13, 2020
Jonathan Swan, Margaret Talev, Alayna Treene | Axios
White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien tells Axios that the Trump administration has "reached out to the North Koreans" to ask them to resume diplomacy that has been all but dead since October.
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3 Hours From Alert to Attacks: Inside the Race to Protect U.S. Forces From Iran Strikes

January 9, 2020
Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt, Lara Jakes, Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times
The early warning provided by intelligence helps explain in part why the missiles exacted a negligible toll, destroying only evacuated aircraft hangars as they slammed into the desert sand in barren stretches of the base. No Americans or Iraqis were killed or wounded, and Mr. Trump, who indicated to advisers he would prefer to avoid further engagement, was relieved.
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After Missile Attack By Iran, President Trump Tweets: All Is Well

January 8, 2020
Ayesha Rascoe | NPR
Also in his tweet, Trump says he will have more to say after Iran launched missiles against U.S. military forces in Iraq. The barrage follows the U.S. killing of Iran's top general.
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Iran Fires Missiles at U.S. Forces in Iraq

January 8, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold, Isabel Coles | The Wall Street Journal
Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq, the Pentagon said late Tuesday, in attacks Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said were retribution for the U.S. killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
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After days of dire threats, Trump’s tone shifts in the wake of Iran’s retaliation

January 8, 2020
Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
For five straight days, President Trump warned, sometimes in all-caps, that he would retaliate against any Iranian attack on U.S. forces. He pledged to deploy the most “brand new beautiful” weaponry. He vowed to strike back in a “disproportionate manner.” And he said he would do so “without hesitation.” But in the hours Tuesday after Iran fired a dozen ballistic missiles against two U.S. military bases in Iraq, Trump — at least publicly — was initially without words and the world was left to wonder what he might do next.
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Killing of Soleimani follows long push from Pompeo for aggressive action against Iran, but airstrike brings serious risks

January 6, 2020
Josh Dawsey, John Hudson, Shane Harris, Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post
The secretary also spoke to President Trump multiple times every day last week, culminating in Trump’s decision to approve the killing of Iran’s top military commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, at the urging of Pompeo and Vice President Pence, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
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US sends more troops to Middle East after siege of Baghdad embassy

January 2, 2020
Andrea Mitchell | NBC News
In the wake of the days-long siege of the its embassy compound in Baghdad, the U.S. is sending more troops to the Middle East. Demonstrators finally backed away overnight.
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