Heavy Losses Leave Russia Short of Its Goal, U.S. Officials Say

The estimated deaths and injuries are stalling Russia’s progress in eastern Ukraine, military experts say, as fighting intensifies in the south.

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Erdogan and Putin: Complicated Relations With Mutual Benefits

Turkey needs Russian cash, gas and business as Erdogan looks to a dicey election and a new incursion in Syria, while Moscow needs friends to try to evade Western sanctions.

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U.S. Insists It Will Operate Around Taiwan, Despite China’s Pressure

The confrontation threatens to overwhelm President Biden’s efforts to find a series of issues in which the United States and China can work together.

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The F.B.I. Raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

Two readers hope the former president will be held accountable; another sees a Democratic plot. Also: Hitler’s generals; David McCullough; Uvalde and Parkland; cats.

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In a Summer of Feints, Russia and Ukraine Try to Predict Enemy’s Next Move

Ukraine says that announcing a planned offensive on the southern front has paid off in the eastern Donbas region, as both sides deploy forces based on guessing each other’s next moves.

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‘What a Horrible Place This Would Have Been’

Archaeologists found the remains of 14 soldiers who died in a pivotal Revolutionary War battle — a fresh reminder of the violence of war.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bones, #defense-and-military-forces, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #your-feed-science

After 3-Day Gaza Conflict, a Cease-Fire Holds: Key Takeaways

The conflict may have dealt a severe blow to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Gaza militant group, and strengthened the hand of Israel’s interim prime minister, Yair Lapid.

#defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #israel, #lapid-yair, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #war-and-armed-conflicts

China’s Military Drills and Other Tensions With Taiwan, Explained

China’s military announced new exercises near Taiwan, a day after concluding four days of drills that simulated a blockade of the island.

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After China’s Military Spectacle, Options Narrow for Winning Over Taiwan

The exercises were designed to deter Taiwan from moving further away from Beijing, but they also indicated how few policy carrots China has.

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In the Philippines, Blinken Vows to Strengthen Military Ties

Against a backdrop of rising regional tensions with China, the U.S. secretary of state reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending Manila.

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Air War Between Gaza Militants and Israel Enters Second Day

No cease-fire appeared imminent, despite early mediation efforts by international actors, including the United Nations.

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Chinese Military Drills Near Taiwan Continue

The live-fire military drills, which appear to be simulating an attack on the main island, have edged closer than ever before to territory Taiwan considers its own.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #pelosi-nancy, #taiwan, #taiwan-strait, #united-states-international-relations

Israel Hits Gaza, Prompting Rocket Barrage and Ending Relative Calm

In by far the biggest escalation of violence in Gaza since the end of a war in May 2021, Israeli airstrikes killed a militant leader and at least nine others, according to Palestinian officials.

#defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Taiwan’s Generational Divide on China’s Threats

In areas close to the military drills, younger Taiwanese worried about the future, while older residents looked back to a harsher past to find hope.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #taiwan, #taiwan-strait

U.S. Seeks to Reassure Asian Allies as China’s Military Grows Bolder

The Biden administration says its commitment to the region has only deepened, but critics say the tensions over Taiwan show that Washington needs stronger military and economic strategies.

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I’m Taiwanese and I Want to Thank Nancy Pelosi

Taiwan needs more leaders to stand with us against China.

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China’s Military Drills Continue Off Taiwan

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for “an immediate halt” to the exercises. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said China “will not isolate Taiwan.”

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Russia’s Shortfalls Create an Opportunity for Ukraine, Western Officials Say

Severe equipment and manpower problems could slow President Vladimir V. Putin’s mission as the war enters its sixth month.

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As China Plans Drills Circling Taiwan, U.S. Officials Fear a Squeeze Play

Administration officials say they are hoping China’s military exercises last only a few days, but they are discussing their options if the movements expand into something more.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states-international-relations

Welcomed by Taiwan, Pelosi Leaves Rising Tensions With China in Her Wake

In a high-stakes visit to Taiwan, Ms. Pelosi offered assurances of American support. Taiwan now faces the prospect of Chinese military drills that could violate what it says are its territorial waters.

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Where China Plans to Conduct Military Drills Circling Taiwan

China’s plans to conduct live-fire drills into Taiwan’s territorial seas could mark a new stage of brinkmanship.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #pelosi-nancy, #taiwan, #taiwan-strait, #territorial-disputes, #xi-jinping

Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Risks Undermining U.S. Efforts With Asian Allies

The Biden administration has built an economic and diplomatic strategy in Asia to counter China, assuring friendly countries that the U.S. is in the region for the long haul.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pelosi-nancy, #united-states-international-relations

A Battlefield From 1777 Yields a Dozen Mercenaries’ Remains

Archaeologists uncovered the remains of 13 Hessian soldiers killed by American forces in the bloody Battle of Red Bank near Philadelphia.

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The Last Thing We Needed Was Pelosi Backing Down From a Bully

Bullies don’t usually read concessions as anything but signs of weakness.

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Al Qaeda Leader Killed: What We Know

The United States announced that a C.I.A. drone strike killed the Qaeda leader, a longtime ally of Osama bin Laden who was considered a mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. Here’s a guide to the strike and its implications.

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U.S. Warns China Not to Turn Pelosi’s Expected Trip to Taiwan Into a ‘Crisis’

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime China hawk, has not confirmed that she plans to visit Taiwan, but all indications suggest that she will make a stop on the self-governing island without prior announcement.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kirby-john-f, #pelosi-nancy, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Explosion Kills Dozens of Ukrainian Captives at Russian-Held Prison

At least 50 captured fighters died in a blast at a prison in eastern Ukraine, with no clarity on exactly what happened and each country blaming the other.

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Why Pelosi’s Proposed Taiwan Visit Is Raising U.S.-China Tensions

Beijing has issued strongly worded warnings implying that China might use military force if Nancy Pelosi moves forward with a planned trip to Taiwan.

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Special Military Cell Flows Weapons and Equipment Into Ukraine

A little-known group at U.S. European Command in Germany fills Ukraine’s battlefield requests with donations from more than 40 countries.

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The US and Russia Are Locked in a Dangerous Spiral

The only way to prevent that dynamic from getting out of control is to start talking before it’s too late.

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Putin Performs for Russia, and Ukraine Is the Stage

There seems to be nothing in Russia’s mainstream discourse that takes responsibility for the past and imagines a different path forward.

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U.S. Officials Grow More Concerned About Potential Action by China on Taiwan

The Biden administration is watching for any moves by China to close off the Taiwan Strait, and they would prefer that Nancy Pelosi cancel her planned trip.

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Eyeing Kherson, Ukraine Prepares an Ambitious Counterattack

With soldiers, artillery and subversives, Ukraine has been laying the groundwork to retake Kherson, which Russia has held for months. But a counterattack would require huge resources, and could come at a heavy toll.

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Myanmar Military Executes Four Pro-Democracy Activists

They were the country’s first executions in more than 30 years. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the ousted civilian leader who was detained during last year’s coup, remains in prison.

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Last Stand at Azovstal: Inside the Siege That Shaped the Ukraine War

For 80 days, at a sprawling steelworks, a relentless Russian assault met unyielding Ukrainian resistance. This is how it was for those who fought, and for those trapped beneath the battlefield.

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Erdogan Remains a Headache for Biden, Even After Ukraine Deal Help

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey assisted in brokering an agreement to unblock Ukrainian grain but has alarmed U.S. officials on other fronts.

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Ukraine Tries to Make the Case That It Can Win, Citing Recent Strikes

Pushing back against skepticism that Western weapons will allow them to turn the tide against Russia, Ukrainians point to successful attacks using new long-range rocket systems.

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Stop Praising Shinzo Abe and His Divisive Nationalism

Abe’s demise offers Japan a chance to turn away from his military obssession and repair relations with neighbors angered by his nationalist agenda.

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Stop Praising Shinzo Abe and His Divisive Nationalism

Abe’s demise offers Japan a chance to turn away from his military obssession and repair relations with neighbors angered by his nationalist agenda.

#abe-shinzo, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #kishida-fumio, #liberal-democratic-party-japan

Japan’s Leader Tries to Honor Abe’s Legacy, While Building His Own

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says he will pursue Shinzo Abe’s goals, such as a stronger military. But he has also set himself apart from his slain predecessor.

#abe-shinzo, #constitutions, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #kishida-fumio, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #politics-and-government

Reunited in Bucha, a Ukrainian Family Comes to Terms With War’s Traumas

As flowers bloom amid the wreckage, the Kyiv suburb synonymous with atrocity feels almost normal again. But the lives of the people there may never be.

#bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #friendship, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

On Ukraine Front Line in Donetsk, Small Victories Carry a Heavy Toll

Ukrainian soldiers say they live under almost constant Russian bombardment but dismiss any suggestion that they cede land.

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What Biden Got Right on His Trip to the Middle East

There is real value in making small steps through diplomacy.

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Gaps in Arms Supplies to Ukraine Point to Countries’ Divergent Strategies

Beyond logistical issues, the uneven flow of arms to Ukraine hints at differences among allies about whether Russia should be punished or eventually accommodated.

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The Semiconductor Problem

The military relies on advanced semiconductors. The U.S. doesn’t make any.

#computer-chips, #defense-and-military-forces, #factories-and-manufacturing, #internal-storyline-no, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government

Putin, Looking for Allies, Plans to Meet Leaders of Turkey and Iran

In his second diplomatic push since Russia invaded Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin will travel to Tehran to build bridges between leaders at odds over Syria, oil and the West.

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Ukraine’s Demands for More Weapons Clash With U.S. Concerns

Pulling Ukrainians out of battle to train them could accelerate Russia’s gains, officials say. The Pentagon is also monitoring the levels of its own stockpiles.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

And the Next President Will Be …

Well, it won’t be Elon Musk.

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To Fight for Ukraine’s Freedom, He Went Back Into the Closet

When Putin invaded, Oleksandr Zhuhan chose to defend a country that hasn’t always defended him.

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For Foreign Fighters in Ukraine, a War Unlike Any They’ve Seen

Small groups of Western combat veterans are on the front lines, but many more with fewer skills are left trying to find a role to play.

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