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…

Military Leaders Fear They’ve Seen This Before. It Ended in the Iraq War.

WASHINGTON — The last time the United States abandoned allies in the Middle East, military officials…

U.S. Takes Custody of British ISIS Detainees Who Abused Hostages

WASHINGTON — The American military has taken custody of two British detainees notorious for their roles…

Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War

After years of growing hostility and competition for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps…

How Mark Milley, a General Who Mixes Bluntness and Banter, Became Trump’s Top Military Adviser

WASHINGTON — Mark A. Milley never planned to spend his life in the military. He faced…

Three SEAL Team Leaders Fired for Breakdowns in Discipline

Naval Special Warfare Command fired the three senior leaders of SEAL Team Seven on Friday, saying…

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…

Three Ex-Blackwater Guards Are Resentenced in Iraq War Massacre

WASHINGTON — Three former Blackwater security contractors were sentenced on Thursday to roughly half of their…

ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON — Five months after American-backed forces ousted the Islamic State from its last shard of…

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iraqi Militia Leaders and Ex-Governors

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is imposing economic sanctions on two former provincial governors and two…

They Each Backed Off Strikes: Trump in ’19, Obama in ’13, Clinton in ’98

WASHINGTON — The president calls off a missile strike on a Middle Eastern country at the…

U.S. Orders Partial Evacuation of Embassy in Baghdad

WASHINGTON — The State Department ordered a partial evacuation of the United States Embassy in Baghdad…

Iraq’s Militias, Accused of Threatening U.S., Pose a Quandary for Iraq

When the United States said this week that American forces in Iraq faced threats from Iranian…

U.S. Officials Raise Alarm of Iranian Threat Targeting American Troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON — Senior American officials said on Monday that new threats by Iran against United States…

U.S. Airstrikes and Raids Killed 120 Civilians in 2018, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON — The American military killed 120 civilians in strikes, raids and firefights across two continents…