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An Expert View: Accept the Deal but Move to Contain Iran

Nicholas Burns, a former point man on Iranian nuclear matters, advocates effort to contain Tehran’s regional ambitions<p>Nicholas Burns was there when Iranian nuclear diplomacy was born—a birth that occurred, as is little remembered now, during the administration of President George W. Bush.<p>Mr. Burns …

South Asia

After Chattanooga, 'DoD does not support arming all personnel'

The military has a problem with guns.<p>Following last week's murder of five service members in a violent and still-unexplained shooting spree in …

U.S., Israel seek common ground on proxies amid divisions over Iran deal

HUSSEIN LOOKOUT, Israel — From this military outpost overlooking southern Lebanon, top U.S. and Israeli officials stood together Monday as they sought to play down divisions over last week’s nuclear deal with Tehran and get on with efforts to counter Iranian influence and other threats along …

Middle East

The Military Has a Man Problem

Stop whining about women in combat. It’s the guys who need to change—and fast.<p><b>Army Specialist Laura Naylor, a Wisconsin</b> native, spent a year in Baghdad with the 32nd Military Police Company in 2003 and 2004. During that time, she—like all of the more than quarter-million women deployed to Iraq and …

The Families Who Negotiated with ISIS

Families whose children were held captive in Syria felt that U.S. officials had abandoned them. So they secretly joined forces.<p>Five American families, each harboring a grave secret, took their seats around a vast dining table at the home of David Bradley, a Washington, D.C., entrepreneur who owns …

National Security

Why a 2006 Iraq report merits a fresh read

“The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. . . . Sectarian conflict is the principal challenge to stability.”<p>That’s from the beginning of “The Iraq Study Group Report” from 2006. Nine years later, it’s haunting to revisit the bipartisan commission review chaired by former secretary of state …

The Army denied a Medal of Honor to this Green Beret war hero. What happened?

In the waning days of summer 2013, Taliban insurgents launched a spectacular attack on a coalition military base in Afghanistan. A 400-pound car bomb rocked the eastern side of the installation, and about 10 enemy attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles, hand grenades and grenade launchers …

Inside an undercover network trying to expose Islamic State’s atrocities

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The man’s voice was brisk and low as he called in his report from the dark heart of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital, the north-central Syrian city of Raqqa.<p>Islamic State police are out in force in the city’s central square, he said. They are stopping ­passersby at …

Raqqa

Survey: Western Europe wary of supporting Russia’s NATO neighbors

MOSCOW — After more than a year of war in Ukraine, Western European citizens are extremely wary of using military force to defend NATO allies from Russia, according to a wide-ranging opinion poll released Wednesday. The findings highlight fears among Russia’s NATO neighbors that the Western defense …

Russia

Iraqi City of Mosul Transformed a Year After Islamic State Capture

Beneath a veneer of order, residents live in fear<p>BAGHDAD—In Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, the extremist group is working day and night to repair roads, manicure gardens and refurbish hotels. Iraq’s second-largest city has never looked so good thanks to strict laws enforced by the Sunni …

State Capture

Why Does the Cable-TV Bundle Exist Anyway?

Selling packets of channels to subscribers once made sense, but not so much anymore<p>For four decades, the number of channels on the cable-TV dial has risen with seemingly unstoppable momentum, bringing consumers more choices than ever before.<p>Sounds great, except most people don’t want to pay for all …

Selling

ISIS Loses Key ‘Butter Churn’ Battle on Twitter

Two Iraqis invented a fake town, named for a butter churn, then claimed ISIS was defeated there by Shia militias. Fans of both fell for the gag.<p>Ahmad …

US soldier convicted of Afghanistan massacre asked for reduced sentence, letter reveals

The U.S. soldier convicted of murdering 16 Afghans villagers in 2012 asked for his life sentence to be reduced in a letter to a senior military officer last year, claiming that he had been "consumed by war" by the time of the massacre.<p>The eight-page letter by former Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was …

For Obama, no middle ground in the Mideast

As the Middle East bloodily unravels, Barack Obama’s defenders have been offering a two-part argument. The worsening mess, they say, is not his fault; and, in any case, no one is offering an alternative to his strategy.<p>“U.S. policy is not the main source of this change and the U.S. has no good …

Middle East

Post reporter faces Tehran court as closed-door ‘espionage’ trial resumes

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian faced an Iranian court to defend himself against charges, including espionage, during a second closed-door session in Tehran on Monday.<p>Rezaian, who has been detained since July, has strongly rejected the allegations in previous statements made public via his …