In Bracing Terms, Trump Invokes War’s Human Toll to Defend His Policies

WASHINGTON — It is the most solemn of rituals for American presidents: comforting the soldiers wounded…

Pentagon Chief Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper traveled to Afghanistan on Sunday, in his first…

‘Waiting for All of It to End’: A Marine’s Battlefield View of U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, served four years in the Marines…

U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Just Over a Week After Trump Scraps Peace Talks

Over the weekend, Mr. Trump tweeted that “killing 12 people, including one great American soldier, was…

Democrats’ Afghan Strategy Sounds Familiar. It’s a Lot Like Trump’s.

For 18 years and four presidential elections, Democrats running for president have felt compelled to lay…

Trump Wants Big Diplomatic Wins. Here Are the Odds.

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton has left the Situation Room, and President Trump is left at…

Trump Declares Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban ‘Dead’

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared that peace talks with the Taliban were “dead, as far as…

How Trump’s Plan to Secretly Meet With the Taliban Came Together, and Fell Apart

WASHINGTON — On the Friday before Labor Day, President Trump gathered top advisers in the Situation…

Taliban Failed to Live Up to ‘Commitments’ in Peace Talks, Pompeo Says

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Trump ended peace negotiations with the Taliban…

Trump Says He’s Called Off Negotiations With Taliban After Afghanistan Bombing

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Saturday that he had canceled a secret meeting at Camp…

Trump Administration Considers a Drastic Cut in Refugees Allowed to Enter U.S.

WASHINGTON — The White House is considering a plan that would effectively bar refugees from most…

Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Senior White House advisers have proposed secretly expanding the C.I.A.’s presence in Afghanistan if…

Third U.S. Soldier Dies in Afghanistan in Just Over a Week

WASHINGTON — An American soldier died during a combat operation on Thursday in Afghanistan, the Defense…

Peace Road Map for Afghanistan Will Let Taliban Negotiate Women’s Rights

WASHINGTON — Roya Rahmani is neither royalty nor from a powerful family, so she was initially…

Will a New Plan End the War in Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON — After 18 years of war, the United States is once again preparing to unveil…