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U.S. Missiles Found in Libyan Rebel Camp Were First Sold to France

The discovery of the Javelin missiles confirmed longstanding fears that foreign sponsorship on all sides of Libya’s conflict is amplifying the fighting. → Read More

Trump Stopped Strike on Iran Because It Was ‘Not Proportionate’

President Trump said “we were cocked and loaded to retaliate” after Iran struck an American drone, but he said the 150 predicted deaths was not a proportionate action. → Read More

Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran

The president’s statement came during a briefing on the rising tensions with Tehran, and officials said he was firm in saying he did not want a military clash. → Read More

Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran

The president’s statement came during a briefing on the rising tensions with Tehran, and officials said he was firm in saying he did not want a military clash. → Read More

Pentagon Builds Deterrent Force Against Possible Iranian Attack

The Defense Department is deploying an antimissile battery, a limited step taken in part because an intelligence analysis concluded that Iran is trying to provoke the United States into overreacting. → Read More

New Tensions With Iran Threaten Nuclear Deal and, White House Says, U.S. Troops

The mutual threats escalated action from both the U.S., which warned against attacks, and Iran, which said it would not fully comply with a deal President Trump already abandoned. → Read More

Trump Pushes to Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

In a private White House meeting this month, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt urged President Trump to deem his opposition terrorists, officials said. → Read More

In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump

As homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen became increasingly worried about Russian attempts to influence the 2020 election. But she couldn’t discuss it at high-level White House meetings. → Read More

Trump Urged Homeland Security Official to Close Border Despite an Earlier Promise of a Delay

The conversation with Kevin McAleenan was another instance of the president trying to undo a decision and to stretch the boundaries of his power, even when told there were legal issues at stake. → Read More

Trump Designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a Foreign Terrorist Group

Top Pentagon and C.I.A. officials oppose the designation for the unit, which has carried out military operations across the Middle East. → Read More

Trump Designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a Foreign Terrorist Group

The designation is the first one by the United States against part of a foreign government. The Pentagon and C.I.A. oppose the move, citing risks to Americans. → Read More

U.S. Troops Leaving Syria, but Some May Stay Longer Than Expected

Hundreds of the 2,000 American troops in Syria are leaving, but new plans will pause the withdrawal before reaching the 400-troop level President Trump approved. → Read More

U.S. Pressures Iraq Over Embrace of Militias Linked to Iran

The push against the Iraqi groups by top American officials has fueled tensions between the two nations and within the Trump administration. → Read More

Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Order Forces Allies to Weigh Return of ISIS Detainees

The American military departure may have a silver lining: a long-awaited resolution for thousands of Islamic State detainees who have been held indefinitely in Syrian camps. → Read More

Trump Defies Congressional Deadline on Khashoggi Report

President Trump refused to provide lawmakers with a report on the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, leading to complaints of a cover-up. → Read More

Trump Seeks to Reassure Allies on ISIS Fight as Syria Withdrawal Looms

“We will be working with you for many years to come,” the president told international diplomats, acknowledging that ISIS would be a threat even after the last slivers of its territory were reclaimed. → Read More

Trump Calls for Keeping Troops in Iraq to Watch Iran, Possibly Upending ISIS Fight

The president’s remarks could inflame fears among the Iraqis that a shift of troops there from Syria would be a guise to check Iran, undercutting delicate negotiations. → Read More

Americans Killed in Syria Were No Strangers to War

One was a military linguist. One joined the Army and served six times in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. One was once a member of the Navy SEALs, and one was an Arabic interpreter. → Read More

Teenager Captured With ISIS Fighters Is From Trinidad, Not the U.S., Officials Say

A 16-year-old caught on the front lines in Syria had been taken by his mother to the battle zone when he was 12, his sister and American officials said. → Read More

Bolton Puts Conditions on Syria Withdrawal, Suggesting a Delay of Months or Years

John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, said troops would remain until the Islamic State was completely defeated and Turkey guaranteed it would not strike Kurdish forces. → Read More