Ukraine War’s Geographic Reality: Russia Has Seized Much of the East

Despite many stumbles and setbacks, the Russian military has gained near total control of the Donbas region, giving the Kremlin huge leverage in any future talks.

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Why Can’t Spy Agencies Predict a Country’s Will to Fight?

U.S. intelligence agencies thought the Afghan military would last longer and predicted Kyiv would fall faster, showing the difficulty of assessing fighting spirit.

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Spy Agencies Cite Russia’s Setbacks but Say Putin Is ‘Unlikely to Be Deterred’

Top U.S. intelligence officials told Congress that the Russian leader had underestimated Ukrainian resolve and Western cohesion but was “doubling down” to achieve his goals.

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Al Qaeda Could Rebuild in Afghanistan in 1-2 Years, U.S. Officials Say

The new timeline is not a radical shift from previous assessments, but reflects the reality that the Taliban has a limited ability to control the borders of Afghanistan.

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Intelligence Chiefs Warn of Russian Troops Near Ukraine and Other Threats

Officials said that China’s push for global power posed a threat to the United States, and they dwelled on climate change, domestic extremism and more.

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Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

The disclosure comes amid growing legislative scrutiny of how the government uses commercially available location records.

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No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public

For over a decade, the program, now tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, has discussed mysterious events in classified briefings.

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Pentagon Denies Spying on Americans Protesting Police Killings

The Defense Department’s top intelligence official said that he had not been ordered to conduct surveillance on citizens, and that he supported their right to demonstrate peacefully.

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Michael Flynn and the Presumption of Guilt

A distrust of prosecutorial power should not be abandoned.

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Michael Flynn’s Exoneration Was Latest in Life Full of Reversals

For most of his life, Michael Flynn has swung from being “a good soldier” to committing radical disruptions.

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Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs

Some analysts are worried that the pressure from senior officials could distort assessments about the coronavirus and be used as a weapon in an escalating battle with China.

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U.S. Spy Agencies Weigh Tying Intelligence Sharing to Ending Bans on Gays

The move is part of an effort by the acting director of national intelligence to prod countries that outlaw homosexuality to instead decriminalize it.

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