Middle East

Officials Deny American Troops Are Pulling Out Of Iraq as Strategic Talks Near

Biden will likely discuss the future of the American troop presence in Iraq when the prime minister visits Washington this month.

Afghans Own Whatever Comes Next, Biden Says

Rejecting critics, President Joe Biden said the United States isn’t responsible for Taliban gains, civilian deaths, or worsening women’s rights after American troops leave.

July Could Be the Last Month to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal

Domestic politics in Tehran and Washington are gradually closing the door.

Fighter Jets Leave Afghanistan as US Departs Bagram

Withdrawal from the mammoth base comes as officials continue to seek access elsewhere in the region.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t the Problem. Iran Is.

If and when a return to the agreement is reached, the Biden administration will also need to counter Iran’s escalating efforts in the Middle East.

Air Strikes Renew Battle Over War Authorizations

Some lawmakers are using Sunday’s strikes in Iraq and Syria to push for keeping a two-decade-old statute, but law experts say their arguments don’t hold water.

For Now, ‘Over the Horizon’ Protection for Afghanistan Will Fly From Existing Hubs, Acting Air Force Secretary Says

Service wants $10 billion for South Asia and Middle East operations as Pentagon develops long-term plan for Afghanistan support.

The Bloated Pentagon Budget Isn’t Just Wasteful. It’s Racist

In this era of racial reckoning, national security policy and defense budgets cannot be exempt from the scrutiny of their effects on communities of color.

No F-35s for UAE, Please

The sale is likely to deepen existing conflicts and further enmesh the U.S. in the region.

Focus on Influence, Not Power, in the Middle East

People talk about U.S. power and influence as if they’re the same thing. That's a mistake.

America Needs to Take Charge of the ISIS Aftermath

Two years after the fall of the caliphate, the world should not leave this to the SDF.

In Syria, US Commanders Hold the Line — and Wait for Biden

Troops maintain the status quo amid a counterterrorism success-turned-frozen war.

Biden’s Idea for a Saudi Offensive Arms Halt Is Unfeasible

A solid defense needs a potent deterrent, which requires a credible offense.