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Sean D. Naylor

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Past articles by Sean:

How a brutal assault led a woman to one of the CIA's most valuable Russian spies

Lisa Sales believes the CIA helped her former tenant move to the United States, and is protecting him because he’s the son of one of the agency’s most valuable assets of the past two decades. → Read More

Even after Capitol assault, Biden team undecided on domestic terrorism law

President-elect Joe Biden's team is reconsidering a domestic terrorism law out of concern that future administrations or law enforcement might abuse it. → Read More

Trump official denies new Iran sanctions are meant to tie Biden's hands

The U.S. special representative for Iran said that new sanctions on Tehran’s government put in place by the Trump administration did not represent an effort by the outgoing president to box in President-elect Joe Biden when it comes to Iran policy. → Read More

Trump's national security adviser: It 'obviously' looks as if Biden won

Robert O’Brien dismissed concerns that delaying the transition might endanger national security. → Read More

Trump's promise to withdraw from Afghanistan 'by Christmas' reflects foreign policy disarray

President Trump's tweet on bringing home troops from Afghanistan contradicted a statement by his own national security adviser from just a few hours earlier. → Read More

McMaster trashes Trump's Afghan peace plan

President Trump’s former national security adviser launched a blistering attack on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan peace negotiations Wednesday, accusing the administration of making “a tremendous mistake." → Read More

Virus strikes Coast Guard admiral, forcing top military brass to quarantine

Most of the Pentagon’s most senior military leaders are in home quarantine after the Coast Guard’s No. 2 officer tested positive for COVID-19, the Defense Department announced on Tuesday. → Read More

News of Trump's illness another blow to U.S. prestige on the global stage, say experts

President Trump’s positive test for COVID-19 may not spark any sudden moves by foreign adversaries, but the news will be another blow to U.S. prestige on the global stage, according to national security experts. → Read More

Here's why former intelligence officials are worried about Trump's massive debt

Intelligence professionals declared themselves stunned because of what those debts imply about the president’s vulnerability to foreign influence. “Financial vulnerabilities are at the top of the list when you pursue targets, period,” a former senior CIA official said. → Read More

Trump administration admits Taliban still hasn't cut ties with al-Qaida

Two senior Trump administration officials indicated Tuesday that the Taliban has yet to fully cut ties with al-Qaida, which the Taliban had agreed to do as part of an agreement with the United States. → Read More

Russia working to help reelect President Trump, FBI chief says

Russia is mounting “very active efforts” to interfere with the U.S. election to benefit President Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress Thursday. → Read More

Army chief disputes Trump claim that military leaders want to fight wars

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville pushed back on President Trump's assertion that senior military leaders are eager to fight wars to benefits defense contractors. → Read More

When it comes to Afghanistan, Trump’s policy looks a lot like Biden’s

Trump is reducing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan to a force of fewer than 5,000 troops. → Read More

Former counterterrorism chief: Trump defeat may prompt right-wing terror attacks

The former head of the National Counterterrorism Center said he would not be surprised if right-wing domestic terrorist groups stage attacks in the United States around this November’s presidential election. → Read More

'Most believe that it was an accident': Pentagon chief contradicts Trump on Beirut explosion

Less than 24 hours after President Trump said some “great generals” told him they thought that yesterday’s massive explosion in Beirut was an “attack” involving “a bomb of some kind,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper seemed less than convinced by that explanation. → Read More

As COVID-19 sweeps across the South, the Army finds it’s not immune

The U.S. Army is facing a significant COVID-19 challenge as infection rates soar across the south and southeast, where most of the service’s installations are located. And now the disease is having a major impact on the Army’s second-largest installation. → Read More

Trump to send federal law enforcement to Chicago, other U.S. cities struggling with crime

President Trump announced Wednesday a surge of federal law enforcement into Chicago and other cities as part of a crime-fighting initiative that officials say is different than the government’s controversial actions in Portland, Ore. → Read More

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of → Read More

Officials: Russian bounty reports follow years of Kremlin support to Taliban

As early as 2016, U.S. intelligence officials were receiving credible reports that the Russian government was funding the Taliban and supplying them with “thousands” of weapons for its war against U.S. and coalition soldiers in Afghanistan, current and former U.S. intelligence sources tell Yahoo News → Read More

Former Pentagon officials blast Trump for politicizing the military

The tensions that arose from the military’s role during the Floyd protests did not occur in a vacuum. Since the start of his tenure as president, Trump has repeatedly dragged the Pentagon into awkward political situations it would much rather avoid. → Read More