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  1. afghanistan
    U.S. Admits Deadly Kabul Drone Strike Was ‘Horrible Mistake’The air strike killed ten civilians, including seven children — not an ISIS-K car bomber.
  2. afghanistan
    Final U.S. Drone Strike In Kabul May Have Been Deadly MistakeTwo new investigations suggest that the U.S. airstrike, which killed 10 civilians, likely targeted an innocent man.
  3. covid-19 vaccines
    How COVID Won the SummerFailures of solidarity both within countries and between them enabled the Delta variant’s spread.
  4. afghanistan
    U.S. Completes Withdrawal From Afghanistan: UpdatesHours after CENTCOM confirmed that the last troops flew out of Kabul on Monday, Antony Blinken said “under 200” Americans remain in Afghanistan.
  5. afghanistan
    U.S. Airstrike Against ISIS Said to Have Killed 10 CiviliansSeven children are reportedly among the dead after a missile slammed into a target in Kabul neighborhood.
  6. afghanistan
    U.S. Airstrike Targets ISIS-K ‘Planner’ in AfghanistanThe U.S. conducted a drone strike in retaliation for Thursday’s devastating suicide bombing outside Kabul’s airport.
  7. lab-leak hypothesis
    U.S. Intelligence Review Inconclusive on COVID OriginsThe country’s spy agencies say they need more information to be able to say for sure where the virus came from.
  8. afghanistan
    One Dead After Firefight Breaks Out at Kabul AirportMeanwhile, the U.S. military evacuated 10,400 people over a 24-hour period, a new high for the effort.
  9. foreign policy
    Joe Biden’s Perfect Foreign Policy StormCOVID is raging, the Taliban are back, and the planet is on fire — an ideal opportunity for the U.S. to change the way it acts.
  10. explainer
    Why Afghanistan’s Security Forces Suddenly CollapsedThe Taliban’s shockingly fast and easy takeover wasn’t just because Afghan soldiers and police weren’t willing to fight.
  11. foreign interests
    America’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan Was Destined for DisasterBiden is choosing to act decisively rather than avoid the bad optics of bringing this two-decade military misadventure to an end.
  12. afghanistan
    ‘I Now Live in Taliban-Controlled Territory’Speaking with residents inside the Afghan cities of Ghazni and Qalat — two of 18 provincial capitals captured by the Taliban in less than a week.
  13. foreign interests
    Is Cuba’s Communist Regime in Trouble?Rare mass protests over vaccine delays and food shortages also speak to a deeper discontent with the repressive regime.
  14. war in afghanistan
    U.S. Leaves Bagram Airfield, Withdrawal From Afghanistan Nearly FinishedThe epicenter of America’s war effort in the country has been evacuated and handed over to Afghan forces.
  15. international affairs
    U.S. Air Strikes Target Iran-Backed Militias in Syria and IraqThe Pentagon said Biden ordered the strikes in retaliation for recent drone attacks on U.S. personnel by Iran-backed militias.
  16. foreign interests
    Can Biden Make America Lead the Free World Again?His Europe trip is meant to reassure allies that the U.S. is back in the business of global leadership, but long-term credibility will be a hard sell.
  17. international affairs
    Netanyahu Ousted As Prime Minister of IsraelNaftali Bennett has been sworn in as the country’s new leader, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year reign, but the new governing coalition remains fragile.
  18. power
    We’re Still Waiting for a Biden DoctrineThe violence in the Middle East has tested the president in ways domestic calamities have not.
  19. israel
    U.S. Discourse Is Growing More Pro-Palestinian. U.S. Policy Isn’t.Several factors have led liberals and newsrooms to become more sympathetic to Palestinian misery, creating a dissonance with the official U.S. stance.
  20. foreign interests
    The U.S. Is Playing Catch-Up at Vaccine DiplomacyAmerica can still make a major difference in the efforts to get COVID-19 vaccines into arms globally, but Russia and China have a big head start.
  21. india
    India Sees 400,000 New Cases in a Day: COVID-Crisis UpdatesThere’s still no end in sight.
  22. foreign interests
    Withdrawing From Afghanistan Is Biden’s Least Bad OptionThe pullout of U.S. troops will likely have tragic consequences for Afghans, but remaining indefinitely offers no clear path to victory.
  23. foreign interests
    This Week May Be Biden’s Last Chance to Revive the Iran DealThe U.S and Iran are at odds over who should make the first move. Indirect talks in Vienna this week will aim to bridge that gap.
  24. foreign policy
    Secretary Swell on a Pissed-Off PlanetGroomed on Park Avenue and in the 16th Arrondissement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confronts a world that just might be post-diplomacy.
  25. foreign policy
    The First U.S. Meeting With China Under Biden Didn’t Go So SmoothlyChinese diplomats accused the U.S. government of “slaughtering” Black Americans. U.S. officials said their counterparts were “grandstanding.”
  26. foreign interests
    What Were the Legal (and Strategic) Grounds for Biden’s Syria Airstrikes?The long-term impact on Biden’s Iran strategy may be more consequential than the strikes’ contested legality.
  27. global politics
    Only the Left Can Save Globalization NowTo restore shared prosperity and avert a new cold war, progressives must disavow protectionism and make globalism great again.
  28. foreign policy
    Trump Is Gone, But Europe Still Needs Some SpaceWhile Europe welcomed Biden’s win, it still sees America as an unreliable friend. Pursuing independence from Washington is more appealing than ever.
  29. foreign interests
    America Is Complicit in Yemen Atrocities. Biden Says That Ends Now.The Trump administration had long overlooked and defended Saudi war crimes in exchange for massive arms purchases. Biden is reversing course.
  30. international affairs
    The More Complicated Crisis Biden Will Inherit With IranThe president-elect is determined to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but opponents of the agreement are doing their best to sabotage him.
  31. international affairs
    What We Know About the Assassination of Iran’s Top Nuclear ScientistIsrael was likely behind the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, but it’s not clear how much it will affect Iran’s nuclear program, or if Trump signed off.
  32. foreign policy
    Will Trump Upend U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan on His Way Out?The new acting Defense secretary’s senior adviser is a critic of the war in Afghanistan who could give Trump the Christmas gift of troop withdrawal.
  33. foreign policy
    Armenia and Azerbaijan Are at War. Does President Trump Even Know?As the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict threatens to escalate into a proxy war between Russia and Turkey, the once-influential U.S. sits on the sidelines.
  34. foreign interests
    Trump’s ‘Peace’ Deal Doesn’t Make Mideast Conflict Any Less LikelyThe Abraham Accords serve Trump and Netanyahu’s political interests, but abandoning Palestinians and amplifying pressure on Iran are both risky steps.
  35. international affairs
    Why the Israel-UAE Deal Is More About Iran Than PeaceThe historic agreement shows that for Arab states, the cold war against Iran now trumps the Palestinian cause.
  36. foreign interests
    UAE Strikes Peace Deal With Israel, Sells Out PalestiniansIn exchange for a promise that Israel won’t immediately illegally annex the Jordan Valley, Abu Dhabi normalized relations with the Jewish state.
  37. international affairs
    Could War With Iran Be an October Surprise?A series of mysterious explosions and alleged Israeli sabotage operations could soon open the door to a broader conflict.
  38. international affairs
    Trump Was Reportedly Briefed on Russian Bounties for Dead U.S. Troops Last Year John Bolton reportedly briefed Trump on the Russian bounties for dead American soldiers in Afghanistan in March 2019.
  39. democratic primaries
    Engel Teaches Dems That Backing War and Apartheid Has a DownsideThe congressman toed AIPAC’s line. In his race against Jamaal Bowman, that hurt him more than it helped.
  40. vision 2020
    China Is Going to Be a Big Issue in the 2020 Campaign. But What Does That Mean?The pandemic and Trump’s bellicose rhetoric will keep Beijing front and center in American politics. Democrats see risks and rewards in that.
  41. world view
    Trump’s North Korea Peace Drive Is OverTwo years after his first meeting with Trump, Kim Jong-un blew up — both literally and figuratively — any remaining hope for a diplomatic resolution.
  42. international affairs
    Trump Has Already Put Himself in No Position to Help Hong KongEven if he wants to, the president has neither the leverage, the diplomatic skill, nor the credibility to stand up to China over its new power grab.
  43. international affairs
    Hong Kong’s Independence May Not Survive the PandemicA new law would give China unprecedented power to crack down on the city’s democratic movement, and there’s not much the U.S. can do to stop it.
  44. coronavirus
    Coronavirus and Autocracy: An Extremely Dangerous MixWhen citizens don’t trust their rulers and vice versa, an already frightening situation can get much worse.
  45. foreign policy
    Trump Claim That Soleimani Posed an ‘Imminent Threat’ Takes Another HitTrump set the red line last June, NBC News reports, authorizing a strike against Soleimani if an American was killed by Iran.
  46. foreign policy
    Esper ‘Didn’t See’ Intel Backing Up Trump’s 4-Embassy ClaimBut the U.S. defense secretary made it clear he believes whatever the president believes regarding the rationale for killing a top Iranian general.
  47. us-iran conflict
    Iran Launches Missiles Against U.S. in Iraq, Threatens More RetaliationThe Pentagon confirmed that over a dozen missiles were launched on two air bases. No casualties are currently being reported.
  48. trump tweets
    Trump Reiterates Threat to Commit War Crimes in IranTrump doubled down on his threat to order strikes on cultural sites in Iran if they retaliated against the U.S. for the killing of General Soleimani.
  49. international affairs
    Iraqi Lawmakers Vote to Expel U.S. As Fallout From Soleimani Strike WorsensIraq’s parliament, prime minister, and most powerful religious leader all want America out, and the U.S.-led fight against ISIS has come to a halt.
  50. nonproliferation
    Iran Nixes Nuclear-Deal Commitments, Lifts Enrichment LimitsTrump’s maximum-pressure campaign has officially achieved the opposite of its supposed intent.
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