Tag: War and Armed Conflicts

How to Retreat From Ukraine

One of the hardest challenges in geopolitics is figuring out how to conduct a successful retreat. We witnessed that reality last summer in Afghanistan, when the Biden administration made the correct strategic choice — cutting our losses instead of escalating to preserve a morally bankrupt status quo — but then staggered through a disastrous withdrawal […]

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What a Potential Russian Invasion Means in Chernobyl

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine — Ukrainian soldiers, Kalashnikov rifles slung over their shoulders, patrolled through a silent, snowy forest, passing homes so long abandoned that vines twirl through the broken windows. The fields are fallow, the cities deserted and the entire Chernobyl zone in northern Ukraine is still so radioactive it would seem the last place on […]

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U.S. and Russia Take More Measured Stance in Ukraine Talks

GENEVA — The United States and Russia scaled back their confrontational rhetoric over Eastern European security on Friday, agreeing to extend negotiations as the Biden administration pursues a fragile diplomatic path to averting a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov, in a […]

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Viral Photograph of Munzir El Nezzel Helps Bring Syrian Refugee Family to Italy

SIENA, Italy — The award-winning photograph — of a man who had lost a leg in a bomb attack in Syria, hoisting into the air his son, born without limbs, another casualty of the country’s civil war — went viral last year in Italy. On Friday, Munzir El Nezzel, the man in the picture, and […]

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ISIS Fighters Attack Syria Prison to Free Fellow Jihadists

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fighters from the Islamic State launched a brazen attack on a prison holding thousands of their comrades in northeastern Syria, setting off deadly clashes with the Kurdish-led militia that controls the area, Kurdish officials said Friday. The fighting continued throughout the day with numerous casualties, but there were conflicting reports of how […]

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