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U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya

The unusually sharp assertion by a senior American commander underscored the Pentagon’s concern about Moscow’s growing influence in the country’s sprawling war. → Read More

Intelligence Chief Reduces Size of Counterterrorism Office

The cuts to the National Counterterrorism Center were smaller than some former officials feared. The changes will allow intelligence agencies to shift personnel to other threats. → Read More

Navy Leaders Recommend Reinstating Roosevelt Captain Fired Over Virus Warning

Capt. Brett E. Crozier, who was removed from command after sending a letter pleading for help to fight the coronavirus on his aircraft carrier, was largely cleared after Navy review. → Read More

Trump Commencement Address Summons West Point Cadets Back to Campus

The president’s off-again, on-again speech in June will bring back 1,000 cadets who had scattered across the country to help counter the coronavirus. → Read More

Tehran Launches Military Satellite as Trump Tells Navy to ‘Shoot Down’ Iranian Boats

The president’s statement came a week after the Pentagon accused Iran of sending 11 fast boats to conduct “dangerous and harassing approaches” to six American warships in the Persian Gulf. → Read More

U.S. Military Cutting Medevac Flights for Troops in West Africa

As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights. → Read More

Navy May Reinstate Fired Captain to Command of Roosevelt

Adm. Michael Gilday has indicated that he may reinstate Captain Crozier, who was removed from command after pleading for more help fighting a coronavirus outbreak on his ship. → Read More

‘There Will Be Losses’: How a Captain’s Plea Exposed a Rift in the Military

The coronavirus crisis aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt spurred another chapter in the hollowing out of the Navy’s leadership, in particular under the Trump administration. → Read More

How the Theodore Roosevelt's Coronavirus Outbreak Became a Moral Crisis for the Military

In a profanity-laced reprimand, the acting Navy secretary criticized sailors aboard the Theodore Roosevelt for cheering their fired captain, who had requested more assistance to fight the infection. → Read More

U.S. Will Give Terrorist Label to White Supremacist Group for First Time

The designation of the Russian Imperial Movement reflects growing concerns among U.S. officials about violent white supremacists with transnational links. → Read More

He Led a Top Navy Ship. Now He Sits in Quarantine, Fired and Infected.

Colleagues say the downfall of Capt. Brett E. Crozier was charging headlong into the Trump administration’s narrative that it had everything in the coronavirus pandemic under control. → Read More

The Navy Fired Captain Crozier After His Letter on the Coronavirus. Hear How the Crew Responded.

The rousing show of support provided another gripping scene to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic: the rank and file cheering a boss they viewed as putting their safety ahead of his career. → Read More

Lawmakers Delay Promotion of Officer Involved in Deadly Niger Ambush

Col. Bradley D. Moses is the only officer in his unit involved in the 2017 attack to escape some form of punishment. → Read More

U.S. Military Reviewing Iraq Operations After 2 Troops Die Fighting ISIS

They were clearing a large, well-defended cave complex alongside Iraqi counterterrorism forces in a mountainous northern area of the country, officials said. → Read More

Roundup of Saudi Royals Expands With Detention of a 4th Prince

The arrests have raised questions about whether the crown prince was on the verge of taking full power from his father, King Salman. → Read More

Defense Secretary Warns Commanders Not to Surprise Trump on Coronavirus

Mark T. Esper directed overseas officers not to run afoul of the White House’s messaging and asked them to clear decisions on protecting their troops. → Read More

Afghanistan War Enters New Stage as U.S. Military Prepares to Exit

The deal signed on Saturday could have the United States conducting strikes to aid old enemies like the Taliban — or lead to a complete withdrawal from the country. → Read More

Killing of Terrorist Leader in Yemen Is Latest Blow to Qaeda Affiliate

The death of Qassim al-Rimi is part of a string of setbacks that have damaged the group’s ability to carry out operations against the West. → Read More

U.S. Strikes at Leader of Qaeda in Yemen

American officials believe they may have killed the terrorist leader, Qassim al-Rimi, but have not confirmed his death. → Read More

Russia Exerts Growing Influence in Africa, Worrying Many in the West

The Kremlin is increasing arms sales, security pacts and training programs as the American defense secretary weighs withdrawing troops from the continent. → Read More