Middle East

Meet the frustrated negotiators seeking a Gaza ceasefire

Qatar is increasingly the world’s mediator, but this is the energy-rich sheikdom’s toughest case yet.

Austin on Rafah operation: ‘There's better ways to do this’

U.S. officials are voicing greater concern about Israel's new operation. That hasn’t changed policy.

Navy secretary vows more money for anti-drone lasers

The Defense Department’s spending on lasers is down, but the need is up.

U.S. military completes temporary pier off Gaza; deliveries to start within days

Thousands of tons of aid are on the way, one week after the IDF closed a key land corridor.

SecDef: I haven't seen a full Israeli plan to protect civilians in Rafah

“We certainly would want to see things done in a much different way” than elsewhere in Gaza, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

Global defense spending jumped in 2023

Security crises drove year-over-year growth to its highest level in a decade.


US forces down missiles as Iran attacks Israel

Navy warships and Air Force fighter squadrons shot down dozens of drones and a half dozen ballistic missiles launched from Iran and Yemen, U.S. officials said.