• U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper speaks during a press conference on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
    Official says US, Taliban reach Afghan truce agreement

    A senior U.S.official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan.

  • U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper, center, speaks with military representatives as he attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Virginia Mayo/AP)
    While US worries about China, Europe stays focused on Russia

    China and its increasingly sophisticated and far-flung military sit atop U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s list of international security worries, but in Europe a bigger concern is closer to home: Russia.

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