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US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij on December 30th. The city is controlled by Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have been fighting the Islamic State terror group with US support. Photograph:   by Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images

A 34-year-old man from Houston who is said to have sent a CV and cover letter seeking a job with Islamic State has been seized on a battlefield in Syr(...)

US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un hold a signing ceremony at the conclusion of their summit on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore in June. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

In José Saramago’s novel Death at Intervals, built around the conceit that one day, suddenly, people stop dying, there’s a darkly comic scene in which(...)

Trump has long criticized the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, the longest military conflict in US history.

Donald Trump hasn’t ordered the Pentagon to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, a White House spokesman has said, contradicting reports last week that h(...)

Outgoing US defence secretary Jim Mattis has achieved martyr status among Democrats who did not lament his dismissal by Barack Obama. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

In 2013, Jim Mattis was removed from the helm of US Central Command by Barack Obama. Too bellicose by half, was said to be the president’s view of the(...)

James Mattis, US secretary of defence: his decision to quit  came after the US president Donald Trump confirmed he is ending all US military operations in Syria and Afghanistan. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Europe responded with a mixture of panic, disorientation and frantic steps to limit the damage after the resignation of US defence secretary James Mat(...)

 US president Donald Trump has called on senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to take up the amended bill from the House to prevent the shutdown.  File photograph: Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump conceded on Friday there was a good chance the Senate would not approve his demand for $5 billion toward funding his border (...)

US president Donald Trump and defence secretary James Mattis at a cabinet meeting at the White House on June 21st, 2018.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

And then there were none. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that Jim Mattis, the outgoing US secretary for defence, was the last grown-up in Don(...)

US president Donald Trump (r) next to Jim Mattis, former US secretary of defence, during a briefing last October. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US defence secretary Jim Mattis has resigned after clashing with president Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of US troops from Syria and two yea(...)

File image of US defence secretary Jim Mattis. File photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The US defence secretary, Jim Mattis, will retire in February, president Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday night. “General Jim Mattis will be retiring(...)

 Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman   of Saudi Arabia  and US president Donald Trump during the opening day of the G20 summit, on Friday, in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Daniel Jayo/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump met the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, briefly on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Fri(...)

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