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Trump: 13 Russians indicted over US 2016 election meddling

Thirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation. Three of those named have also been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft. The announcement was made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller,

US intelligence agencies to Americans: Avoid Chinese smart phones 

•Warns against use of Huawei, ZTE phones By Selena Larson  The US  intelligence agencies have issued a stern warning to Americans: Do not buy smartphones made by Chinese tech companies Huawei or ZTE. Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on

US, Britain row over captured ISIS fighters

By Paul Sonne, Ellen Nakashim and Devlin Barrett A dispute between the United States and Britain over what to do with Islamic State foreign fighters captured on the battlefield is demonstrating the complexities arising in the aftermath of a years-long war to oust the extremist group from its self-declared caliphate in

Young men left America to join ISIS. They ended up cooking and cleaning for the caliphate

  When Mohamad Khweis fled his home in the United States in 2015 and headed to Islamic State territory in Syria and Iraq, he was “curious” about life in the group’s self-declared caliphate, he later recalled.   “I would see . . . people from all around the world leaving their countries and going to

Mattis: ‘Self-Defense’ attack doesn’t mean US getting into Syrian civil war

By Carla Babb  The Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the US is not trying to get involved in the years long Syrian civil war, after US-led coalition airstrikes killed about 100 pro-government forces who had attacked coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. "It was self-defense. Obviously, we are not getting engaged in the

Nuclear bombs: Review calls for triad modernization to maintain deterrence

By Jim Garamone The United States must recapitalize the nuclear triad and accompanying command-and-control system to continue to maintain deterrence into the future, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis wrote in the preface to the Nuclear Posture Review released on Friday. In one of his first acts as president, Donald J. Trump directed

Trump defies FBI, declassifies controversial Memo

Tom McCarthy and Alan Yuhas The Republicans on Friday released a controversial memo that alleges an abuse of power by the FBI in its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after Donald Trump declassified the document and accused top officials of bias. The House intelligence committee chairman, Devin Nunes,

Brookings experts on Trump’s first State of the Union

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress on January 30, 2018. In the speech, the president highlighted his administration’s accomplishments over its first year, and emphasized its policy priorities. These include infrastructure investment, immigration changes, and confronting the challenge of North Korea. Below, experts from

If We’re Going to Export More US Arms, Let’s Do It Smarter

BY DANIEL R. MAHANTY AND RACHEL STOHL Here are some ways to help ensure that rising sales don't undermine American security. “Buy America” will reportedly soon apply to arms sales in a bigger way, as the Trump administration orders U.S. diplomats to do more to drum up business for American arms manufacturers. But efforts to boost the

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