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White House Memo Justifying Suleimani Strike Cites No Imminent Threat

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WASHINGTON — The White House told Congress on Friday that President Trump authorized the strike last month that killed Iran’s most important general to respond...
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Amazon Looks to Question Trump in Pentagon Contracting Case

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SEATTLE — Amazon has asked a federal court to let it depose President Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, arguing that hearing from them was...
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In Trump’s Pentagon, Bringing Back Banned Weapons and Alienating Allies

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, which came into office pledging to end “endless wars,” has now embraced weapons prohibited by more than 160 countries, and...
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Navy Secretary Pushed Out by Trump Says He’ll Endorse Bloomberg

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WASHINGTON — The Navy secretary ousted by President Trump said Thursday that he would endorse Michael R. Bloomberg for president, a high-profile defection that Mr....
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Russia Exerts Growing Influence in Africa, Worrying Many in the West

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 200 Russian mercenaries have deployed in recent months to Mozambique to combat a growing Islamic State offshoot there, even as Moscow is...
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5 Takeaways on Trump and Ukraine From John Bolton’s Book

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WASHINGTON — President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according...
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Esper Says He ‘Didn’t See’ Specific Evidence Iranians Planned to Attack 4 Embassies

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said on Sunday that he never saw any specific piece of evidence that Iran was planning an attack...
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Seven Days in January: How the U.S. and Iran Approached the Brink of War

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WASHINGTON — The plane was late and the kill team was worried. International listings showed that Cham Wings Airlines Flight 6Q501, scheduled to take off...