Defense and Military Forces

An Envoy’s Damning Account of Trump’s Ukraine Pressure and Its Consequences

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — He stood on one side of a war-damaged bridge in Ukraine staring across at Russian-backed forces and saw the real-world consequences of President Trump’s efforts to advance a personal agenda. “More Ukrainians,” he said, “would undoubtedly die.” Recalling that moment during Mr. Taylor’s vivid depiction illustrated the differences […]

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President Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had given his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria. Turkey considers the Kurdish forces to be […]

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Trump’s Hold on Military Aid Blindsided Top Ukrainian Officials

NYT > U.S. > Politics KIEV, Ukraine — Senior Ukrainian officials said they were blindsided over the summer when they heard the United States would withhold security assistance to the country. “It was a total surprise,” said Pavlo A. Klimkin, who was Ukraine’s foreign minister in August when he learned of the Trump administration’s suspension […]

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An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — By the time President Trump met with congressional leaders on the afternoon of June 20, he had already decided to retaliate against Iran for shooting down an American surveillance drone. But for once, he kept his cards close to the vest, soliciting advice rather than doing all of […]

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Trump’s Challenge: Can His Word on Iran Be Trusted?

NYT > U.S. > Politics For a president with a loose relationship with the facts and poisonous relationships with allies, the attack on the Saudi oil fields poses a challenge: how to prove the administration’s case that Iran was behind the strike and rally the world to respond. President Trump must now confront that problem […]

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Five Policy Clashes Between John Bolton and President Trump

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired his third national security adviser, John R. Bolton, as their positions on major foreign policy issues clashed, most recently on pursuing a peace plan with the Taliban. The two men have regularly been at odds over how to take on major foreign policy […]

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Poland Had the Royal Castle Ready. Then Trump Canceled His Trip.

NYT > U.S. > Politics WARSAW — Elaborate military escorts stood ready. Chefs were at work on a grand state dinner at the Royal Castle. A concert was cued up for television and radio broadcast. The annual commemoration of the outbreak of World War II was even moved from Gdansk to Warsaw, where crowds would […]

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ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Five months after American-backed forces ousted the Islamic State from its last shard of territory in Syria, the terrorist group is gathering new strength, conducting guerrilla attacks across Iraq and Syria, retooling its financial networks and targeting new recruits at an allied-run tent camp, American and Iraqi military […]

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A New Red Scare Is Reshaping Washington

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — In a ballroom across from the Capitol building, an unlikely group of military hawks, populist crusaders, Chinese Muslim freedom fighters and followers of the Falun Gong has been meeting to warn anyone who will listen that China poses an existential threat to the United States that will not […]

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Iran Has Breached Critical Limit on Nuclear Fuel Under 2015 Pact, State Media Reports

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — Iran has exceeded a key limitation on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 international pact curbing its nuclear program, effectively declaring that it would no longer respect an agreement that President Trump abandoned more than a year ago, state media reported on Monday. The breach of […]

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