• ‘Why now?’ Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia
    U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Damian Donahoe, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa, center, talks with service members during a battlefield circulation Sept. 5 in Somalia. (Senior Airman Kristin Savage/Air Force via AP)

    No country has been involved in Somalia's future as much as the United States. The Trump administration is contemplating the withdrawal of the several hundred U.S. military troops from the nation, but some experts say it would come at the worst possible time.

  • An American flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem. (Andy Wong/AP)
    The war with China, as I saw it

    In this commentary, the author of a six-book military fiction series on a World War Three-style conflict in the Pacific discusses how such a clash might evolve.

  • This photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, Friday. Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was “assassinated” Friday, state television said. (Fars News Agency via AP)
    Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

    The killing risks further raising tensions across the Mideast, nearly a year after Iran and the U.S. stood on the brink of war when an American drone strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.

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Military servicepeople are our original frontline workers. They are ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country. And though we don’t often see the work they do, they’re essential to maintaining our national safety and security, and they deserve our utmost respect. That’s why I want to take this moment during National Veteran and Military Families Month to salute America’s active-duty soldiers and military veterans.

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