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Lara Seligman

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Past articles by Lara:

Pentagon to Propose Slashing Cutting Air Force F-16 Fighters, B-1 Bombers

The Pentagon will propose retiring many of its older aircraft as new capabilities come online, but the cuts aren’t as steep as initially planned. → Read More

Top al Qaeda commander believed to be killed in CIA drone strike

Officials are reportedly waiting for confirmation before making an announcement. → Read More

Retired U.S. Army General Says United States Would Be Mistaken to Assume Iran Is Done

Former Centcom commander says the United States would be mistaken to take Iran’s word that it does not seek escalation. → Read More

Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner, Potentially by Mistake, U.S. Officials Believe

Officials indicate the disaster might have been a mistake made at the height of tensions with the United States after Iran’s missile launch at Iraqi bases. → Read More

Iran Launches Attack on U.S. Bases in Iraq in Retaliation for Suleimani Killing

Tehran says missile launch was in retaliation for Suleimani strike. → Read More

Pentagon Leaders Scramble to Bat Down Reports U.S. Military Is Leaving Iraq After Draft Letter Emerges

Multiple outlets cited a letter that Defense Department leaders say was a “mistake.” → Read More

Pentagon Chief Mark Esper Kept Tight Circle on Iranian General Suleimani Killing

Sources say senior officials who would normally be consulted were left out of the loop. → Read More

The Security Stories That Shaped 2019, Part Two

Five events that shifted national security, from the stop-and-start peace talks in Afghanistan to the rise of Huawei. → Read More

The Security Stories That Shaped 2019, Part One

Five events that shifted national security, from Juan Guaidó’s failed coup in Venezuela to Turkey’s incursion in northern Syria. → Read More

Pentagon Defends Murky Mission in Syria Oil Fields

The key question is whether U.S. troops have legal authority to fire on Syrian, Russian, or Iranian forces. → Read More

ISIS Leader Killed in U.S. Special Operations Raid in Northern Syria

Syrian Kurdish forces provided some intelligence for the operation. → Read More

Pentagon Chief Mark Esper Says U.S. Is Not Abandoning the Kurds as Turkey Invades Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops from the Turkey-Syria border even while sending additional forces to Saudi Arabia. → Read More

A Cautious Pentagon Presents Iran Military Options to Trump

Defense officials are urging covert action that could take down Iranian economic or military targets. → Read More

Trump Picks Low-Key Operative as National Security Advisor

The choice of Robert O’Brien to replace John Bolton reinforces Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s power in the Trump administration. → Read More

Trump Team Debates Response to Strikes on Saudi Oil

Pentagon is cautious as Riyadh requests additional U.S. forces. → Read More

Who’s on the Shortlist to Replace Bolton

A number of names have emerged as top contenders for the job, but at the end of the day, Trump will remain the decider-in-chief. → Read More

Trump’s National Security Team Splinters Over Taliban Meeting

Bolton’s pushback and Pentagon concerns over a potential deal with the Afghan insurgents helped convince the U.S. president to cancel the contentious summit. → Read More

Hollowed-Out Pentagon Begins to Staff Up

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pushing to get key officials confirmed, but significant gaps remain. → Read More

One Small Step for Trump’s Space Force

The United States officially resurrects U.S. Space Command, but the fight for a Space Force is not yet done. → Read More

The Long Road to Peace in Afghanistan

Khalilzad is said to be close to a deal with the Taliban that would pave the way for intra-Afghan talks. → Read More