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SnapshotsSep 27, 2019 | 19:55 GMT
U.S.: Iran Draws Washington Deeper Into the Middle East
On Sept. 26, the United States announced it was sending yet another batch of military forces to the Persian Gulf in the wake of Iran's latest attack against Saudi Arabia. The deployment includes a U.S. Patriot missile defense battery and four Sentinel radar systems, along with an additional 200 personnel
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SITUATION REPORTJul 11, 2019 | 02:02 GMT
U.K., Iran: British Tanker Resists Iranian Seizure Thanks to Royal Navy 
A U.S. aircraft recorded five armed vessels operated by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attempting -- and ultimately failing -- to seize a British oil tanker crossing into the Strait of Hormuz on July 10, Reuters reported, citing unnamed U.S. officials. The British oil tanker was being escorted from the rear by the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose, which reportedly gave a verbal warning and trained its guns on the approaching IRGC vessels before the Iranians dispersed.
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AssessmentsJul 8, 2019 | 06:00 GMT
According to the U.S. military, a Japanese tanker was damaged by a limpet mine resembling Iranian mines on June 13, 2019.
Why the U.S. Plan to Protect Tankers in the Persian Gulf Won't Deter Iran
In response to the recent spat of Iran-linked attacks in the Persian Gulf, the United States has set out on an initiative aimed at securing oil tanker traffic in the area, while providing better visibility and attribution for any future incidents. Coined the Sentinel program, the operation would involve deploying
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AssessmentsJan 18, 2019 | 06:45 GMT
A picture of Taliban representatives attending an international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on Nov. 9, 2018.
Why Afghanistan's Peace Talks Won't Really Start Until the U.S. Leaves
The United States is redoubling its efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan. In September 2018, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Popmpeo appointed Zalmay Khalilzad as the U.S. special envoy for Afghan reconciliation, but the 63-year-old, Afghan-born diplomat faces a daunting task in convincing the Taliban to agree to a cease-fire
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AssessmentsSep 5, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Pakistan strongly influences the shape of the conflict in Afghanistan, and China and Russia are becoming more involved there.
Why Russia and China Are Expanding Their Roles in Afghanistan
As the great powers deepen their presence in South Asia, all eyes are on Afghanistan. A year has passed since U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his Afghan war strategy in August 2017, seeking to break the stalemate in America's longest-running conflict. But the Taliban's sustained assault on the city of
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On SecurityFeb 22, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
Nikolas Cruz sits in court during a hearing. He is charged with killing 17 people in a school shooting on Feb. 14.
A Blueprint for Preventing School Shootings
Nikolas Cruz was determined to burn Valentine’s Day 2018 into memory. After a ride-sharing service deposited him on the campus of the Parkland, Florida, high school from which he had been expelled, authorities said, the 19-year-old entered a stairwell, uncased his semi-automatic rifle and proceeded to unleash hell upon the
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ReflectionsOct 7, 2017 | 14:43 GMT
As the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan War neared in 2011, a U.S. soldier readies his weapon at a forward operating base.
Sixteen Years and Counting: The Afghan War Grinds On
The United States has reached another grim milestone in its war in Afghanistan. On Oct. 7, U.S. forces marked their 16th year of involvement in the conflict that began as retaliation against al Qaeda, which had plotted the 9/11 attacks under the sanctuary of Afghanistan's erstwhile Taliban government. This year's
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AssessmentsAug 2, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
Weary Afghan and American soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division return from a long patrol to Combat Outpost Asheque Oct. 16, 2010 in Zhari district west of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
In Washington, War Fatigue Is Setting In
As the newest administration in Washington hammers out a strategy for the war in Afghanistan, a rift has opened among U.S. policymakers about how to proceed. On one side is the Pentagon, which has proposed sending up to 3,900 troops to the conflict-ridden country. If approved, the move would escalate
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