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UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Bluster aside, U.S. and China vulnerable to pain from tariffs

The U.S. and Chinese governments have been flashing a lot of bravado just before firing the first shots in a conflict that risks erupting into a mutually damaging trade war. …

UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Trade war hangs over U.S. job market set for more gains in June

President Donald Trump’s global trade war is posing a growing risk to the kind of robust job gains that the U.S. probably enjoyed again in June.

Seven years on, Syrians despair over a country in pieces

For Syrians marking seven years of war, their country has never looked as helpless or fragmented.

UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Amid little scrutiny, U.S. military ramps up in Afghanistan

The U.S. is adding military advisers and combat aircraft as part of President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan war strategy, but Congress appears to be paying little attention.

Outside Yemen’s rebel-held capital, stalemated war rages on

In the rocky highlands outside of Yemen’s rebel-held capital, it quickly becomes clear how the Arab world’s poorest country remains mired in a stalemated civil war.

Pentagon restricts release of Afghanistan war data

The Pentagon has ordered an independent federal auditor to stop providing the public with key information about U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan, accelerating a clampdown on data, such as the …

Local Vietnam veterans recall carnage of Tet Offensive, launched this day 50 years ago

Hank Melanson was 18 years old and had just landed near Khe Sanh in central Vietnam when he witnessed a fellow Marine shot and killed. The battle launched what came …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

Pence to Afghan president: U.S. is ‘here to see this through’

Vice President Mike Pence told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a secret visit to Afghanistan on Thursday that the U.S. is “here to see this through” as they discussed a …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

PM announces on state TV Iraq’s war against IS has ended

After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country’s security forces drove the extremists from …

Paul Turner: Day before will be like any other

The day before the world changes might be a day much like today.

N. Korea says war is inevitable as allies continue war games

North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Front Porch: Every time we say goodbye

Seventy-two. That’s how many individuals made the final cut of the book. Twenty-four. That’s how many people died before “War Bonds” made it into print. Twenty. That’s how many goodbyes …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Haley: North Korea ‘brings us closer to war’ the U.S. doesn’t seek

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard “brings us …

NATO boosts support to Afghanistan war; falls short of goal

After months of lobbying NATO allies to increase their troop contributions and support to the war in Afghanistan, the alliance came up short Thursday, meeting a bit more than 90 …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Tillerson, Mattis tell senators new war authority not needed

Senior U.S. national security officials told Congress on Monday a new war authorization is “not legally required” to conduct combat operations against terrorist groups and warned lawmakers that prematurely repealing …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 3:09 p.m.

U.N. envoy: Yemen’s warring leaders seek power, not peace

The U.N. special envoy for Yemen accused the country’s warring leaders on Tuesday of refusing to end the fighting and liberate the people “from the scourge of famine and conflict” …

ISIS stages surprise attack on Syrian government-held village

Islamic State militants on Thursday attacked a village in eastern Syria recently captured by government forces, threatening to cut the main highway linking the capital, Damascus, with the city of …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Judge rejects Bergdahl request for White House meeting information

A military judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors trying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl don’t have to turn over more information about conversations one of them had with the Trump administration about …

‘Mass hanging’ of 42 in Iraq draws ire of U.N. human rights office

The office of the U.N. human rights chief is decrying the “mass hanging” of 42 prisoners at an Iraqi prison.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:08 p.m.

Taliban target Mattis’ plane at Kabul airport; woman killed

The Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets at the Kabul international airport on Wednesday in a brazen attack that the insurgents said targeted the plane of visiting U.S. Secretary of …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 9:43 a.m.

Russia reports destruction of all remaining chemical weapons

Russia has completed the massive task of destroying its Cold War-era chemical weapons stockpiles, winning praise from an international chemical weapons watchdog.

Syria troops in near-full siege of ISIS in key city

Russian-backed Syrian government forces have all but encircled Islamic State militants in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, a group that monitors the war said Wednesday.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

Trump vows to ‘fix the mess’ as U.S. targets North Korea banks

New U.S. sanctions will punish eight North Korean banks and 26 bank workers living abroad, the Trump administration announced Tuesday, in the first use of new sanctioning powers granted by …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 8:01 a.m.

War in Korea? The scenarios are sobering

This is the way a nuclear war begins. Simulations of a war on the Korean peninsula usually start with a relatively minor incident at the demilitarized zone between South Korea …

Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. War bonds – Sept. 29, 1918

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

North Korean diplomat says Trump has ‘declared war’

North Korea’s top diplomat says President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was a declaration of war against his country by the United …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:06 a.m.

U.S.-backed forces say Russia attacked them in eastern Syria

U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria say Russia bombed their positions on Monday in a major natural gas field they recently captured from Islamic State militants.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Russian general killed in Syria fighting

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a general has been killed in fighting in Syria.

Does North Korean H-bomb threat push U.S. closer to war?

Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war?

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 9:16 p.m.

North Korea hits back at Trump, threatens H-bomb test in Pacific

Kim Jong Un on Friday described Donald Trump as “deranged” and Pyongyang’s foreign minister said North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific as the recalcitrant nation hit …