Al Qaeda’s Abu Muhammad al-Masri Secretly Killed in Iran

Israeli agents shot Abu Muhammad al-Masri on the streets of Tehran at the behest of the U.S., officials said, but no one — Iran, Al Qaeda, the U.S. or Israel — has publicly acknowledged the killing.

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An Afghan Mayor Expected to Die. Instead, She Lost Her Father.

Zarifa Ghafari, one of the few female mayors in Afghanistan, has been subjected to death threats and assassination attempts, and believes her father was gunned down because of her.

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Al Qaeda Feels Losses in Syria and Afghanistan but Stays Resilient

American drones and U.S. allies killed several Qaeda leaders and operatives in the past week. But the organization has “ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts,” according to the U.N.

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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

The president’s demands to draw down forces in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria seek to fulfill a campaign promise. But officials warn rapid troop reductions could bolster adversaries.

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U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria

The specially designed missiles use sharp blades and blunt force, rather than explosive warheads, to kill terrorist leaders.

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Two Are Accused of Hacking U.S. Websites With Pro-Iran Messages

The cyberattacks were in retaliation for the death of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran in a U.S. military airstrike in January, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

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Saudi Court Issues Final Verdicts in Khashoggi Killing

The sentences, of up to 20 years in prison, were issued months after one of Jamal Khashoggi’s sons said he and his siblings had forgiven the men who killed him.

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R.N.C. Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy

From Iran to North Korea, President Trump has failed to achieve many of his stated foreign policy goals. He is asking for a second term to get them done.

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Don’t Drink the Tea: Poison Is a Favored Weapon in Russia

Poison has been a preferred tool of the Russian security service for more than a century, and critics of the Kremlin say it remains in the arsenal today.

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Pentagon Admits to Civilian Casualties in Somalia for a Third Time

Africa Command’s admission of the death comes in the wake of its slow move toward better accountability after years of criticism from human rights groups and lawmakers.

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In a Death, Details of More Russian Murder-for-Hire Plots

A Chechen man shot near Vienna last weekend had spoken publicly of giving Austrian and Ukrainian authorities information about contract killings. He also said there was a price on his head.

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New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties

Criticized for its inaction, the Trump administration commissioned a new look at a months-old intelligence assessment. It emphasizes gaps.

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White House Dismisses Reports of Bounties, but Is Silent on Russia

Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, told Fox News that President Trump knew nothing about the reports because the briefer “decided not to” share unverified intelligence with him.

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Afghan Deaths Pile Up in Uncertainty Over U.S. Deal With Taliban

Targeted killings and widespread attacks across Afghanistan have sapped brief optimism as peace talks remain stalled.

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Khashoggi’s Son Says Family Pardons His Father’s Killers

The pardon effectively ends the prospect that any of the men who killed Jamal Khashoggi will be executed.

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F.B.I. Is Said to Find Links Between Pensacola Gunman and Al Qaeda

The gunman in December’s shooting, a Saudi cadet who had trained with the U.S. military, had been in contact with the terrorist group, officials said.

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