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.

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Ukraine steps up attacks on key Russian targets in the south.

Attacks on a strategically important bridge and other Russian positions in the Kherson Province over the last two days raise a question: Is Ukraine preparing a larger counteroffensive?

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Pentagon Orders 7,000 More Troops to Europe

Military officials gave a grim assessment of the toll on Ukraine, saying that Russian forces were moving to decapitate the government in Kyiv.

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Pentagon Defends Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

A New York Times investigation, with video analysis and interviews at the site, has cast doubt on the U.S. military’s account.

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U.S. Carries Out Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

The attacks were against weapons storage facilities used by Iranian-backed militias to conduct drone strikes against locations where the American military is.

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US Vessel Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Patrol Boats

The incident, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the third time in just over a month that vessels from the two countries have come dangerously close.

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Pentagon Chief Orders New Review of Attack in Kenya That Killed 3 Americans

The unusual review of the conclusions of the initial inquiry comes more than a year after the attack by the Shabab revealed security lapses at the base.

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Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China

As China grows stronger and bolder, some experts want to end Washington’s decades-long policy of “strategic ambiguity.”

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Biden Orders Airstrike in Syria Targeting Iran-Backed Militias

President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

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U.S. Airstrikes in Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias That Rocketed U.S. Troops in Iraq

President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

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Intruder Boards a Military Plane at Joint Base Andrews

An unarmed man was given a summons for trespassing after he gained access to the base on Thursday and boarded an aircraft typically used by senior government and military leaders, officials said.

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Trump Appointee to Temporarily Lead Pentagon; Retired Admiral Will Be Spokesman

David Norquist will be Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s acting defense secretary, if only for a few days. A retired rear admiral, John Kirby, will be the Pentagon press secretary.

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