Biden Defends Afghan Pullout and Declares an End to Nation-Building

The president offered a glimpse of a different American foreign policy in the post-9/11 world, one that he said would be guided more by competition with China and Russia. By Michael D. Shear and Jim Tankersley WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday forcefully rejected criticism of his decision to end

Rocket attack in Iraq kills a US military contractor

IRBIL (NYTIMES) – A rocket attack on the airport in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Monday (Feb 15) killed a civilian contractor with the US-led military coalition and wounded six others, including a US service member, according to a coalition spokesperson. Several other rockets landed in residential areas

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. By Eric Schmitt WASHINGTON — President Trump’s surprise tweet last week that he would pull all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Christmas is