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Dan Lamothe

CheckpointWashington, D.C.


The U.S. has defended Syria rebels it trains from militants. It won’t say whether it will do the same against Russia.

  • Oct 1, 2015

Jackson Smith, an Afghanistan War veteran, shared his powerful tale of friendship and meeting quarterback Drew Brees on Checkpoint last month.

  • Oct 1, 2015

Each service must make its recommendations to Carter’s office this week.

  • Sep 30, 2015

The mujahideen assaulted the city in northern Afghanistan within days of Soviet forces pulling out.

  • Sep 30, 2015

The USS Simpson, a frigate, was decommissioned Tuesday, and was the only other ship in the Navy fleet to do so.

  • Sep 30, 2015

The area has changed hands many times.

  • Sep 28, 2015

The commander told the U.S. military that he was warned that unless he gave up some of his new equipment, his troops would be ambushed.

  • Sep 28, 2015

The Rev. Vincent Capodanno ministered to Marines while under fire in Vietnam. Now he’s under investigation for sainthood.

  • Sep 25, 2015

Gen. Robert B. Neller became the commandant of the Marine Corps on Thursday, and spoke bluntly about his path to the position.

  • Sep 24, 2015

The soldier who disappeared in Afghanistan wanted to draw attention to his grievances, but fell into the enemy’s hands.

  • Sep 20, 2015
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Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint. He has covered U.S. troops closely since 2008, embedding with infantrymen in Afghanistan multiple times and covering many of the major issues driving discussion in the Pentagon. He is a graduate of journalism programs at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Maryland-College Park.
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