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A Fuller Picture of Osama bin Laden’s Life

Two of bin Laden’s attributes that shine through in Bergen’s account are his extraordinary self-belief and the ways in which he modeled his life on…

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Biden Sends Dueling Messages on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — To listen to the White House and Pentagon, the exit of the last American combat troops from Bagram Air Base is not the…

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Biden Says Afghans Must ‘Decide Their Future’ as U.S. Troops Withdraw

“The president made his decision, which is consistent with his view that this was not a winnable war, to bring the U.S. troops home after…

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Pentagon Weighs Proposal to Send Dozens of Troops Back to Somalia

“Al Shabab has had more freedom to maneuver,” Maj. Gen. Dagvin R.M. Anderson, who commands American Special Operations forces in Africa, said in an interview.…

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C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The rapid U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan is creating intense pressure on the C.I.A. to find new ways to gather intelligence and carry…

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Pentagon Accelerates Withdrawal From Afghanistan

To keep tabs on the military situation on the ground, the U.S. military wants to continue using some version of what it calls the Combined…

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Guantánamo Detainee Agrees to Drop Call for C.I.A. Testimony

WASHINGTON — A detainee at Guantánamo Bay has agreed to a deal intended to lead to his release in the next few years in return…

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Biden Discloses Some of Trump’s Secret Drone Strike Rules

Such intermittent combat activity has been driven by the emergence of armed drone technology and the propensity of transnational terrorist groups to operate from poorly…

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Biden Officials Place Hope in Taliban’s Desire for Legitimacy and Money

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan has drawn sharp criticism that it could allow a takeover by the Taliban, with…

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