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U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan on lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak

The cluster of cases at the fortified embassy in Kabul comes as U.S. forces withdraw.
  • Jun 17, 2021

Why the Pentagon isn’t heeding calls to prosecute Michael Flynn under military law

The military could attempt to try the former three-star for recent comments, but such a move would be legally shaky and politically unpalatable.
  • Jun 5, 2021

Report does not confirm, or rule out, extraterrestrial activity in unexplained aerial events

Congressionally mandated study comes as once-fringe discussion of UFOs gains mainstream traction.
  • Jun 4, 2021

In Congress, momentum grows behind effort to overhaul military handling of sex crimes

Despite long-standing opposition from military leaders, the proposals would strip commanders of decision-making related to prosecutions.
  • May 13, 2021

Last ‘low-value’ Afghan detainee asks to be freed from Guantánamo Bay as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

The Afghan government is urging repatriation as detainees argue that President Biden’s promise to withdraw troops means “America’s longest war” is over.
  • May 10, 2021

U.S. appointment of Libya envoy signals intensified push to end post-revolution instability

Western nations are hoping Libya can go ahead with late 2021 elections and convince foreign forces to depart.
  • May 10, 2021

‘We haven’t moved the needle’ on sexual assault in the military, general says

Pentagon leaders are considering a proposal that would strip commanders of authority over assault prosecutions, a divisive step that is getting new support.
  • May 6, 2021

The Pentagon wants to take a harder line on domestic extremism. How far can it go?

Legal experts say the Pentagon could face legal challenges if it expands rules that now permit ‘passive’ membership in extremist groups.
  • May 5, 2021

As the U.S. departs Afghanistan, will the old Taliban reemerge?

Officials and experts caution that it’s too soon to know whether the group has moderated the rigid beliefs that made it a global pariah before 9/11.
  • May 1, 2021

‘Extremely difficult, but not impossible’: General provides assessment of Afghan counterterrorism effort after U.S. troops depart

U.S. will not return to Afghanistan ‘under any conceivable circumstances,’ Centcom commander said.
  • Apr 20, 2021