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AP sources: Donald Trump to order troop cuts in Afghanistan, Iraq

President Donald Trump is expected to cut a significant number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and a smaller number in Iraq by the final days of his presidency, U.S. officials said Monday. The plan would run counter to military commanders’ advice over the past year, while still falling short of Trump’s much-touted goal to end America’s long wars.

FBI handling of terror-related tips is flawed, report finds

The FBI must better handle tips and leads about people who may carry out violent acts, including assessing whether individuals with mental health problems pose legitimate threats to public safety, according to a Justice Department watchdog report released Wednesday.

Trump issues new, revised order to counter terrorism

A day before the anniversary of 9/11, President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an executive order to expand the administration’s ability to go after suspected terrorists and their financiers and supporters.

VP Pence says U.S. stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington.

President Obama defends terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

President Barack Obama vigorously defended a counterterrorism strategy that relies on special forces and local U.S. partners to minimize America’s military footprint, drawing a sharp contrast Tuesday to the more confrontational vision promoted by President-elect Donald Trump.

Outside View: Suing the Saudis would boomerang

It is clear the bill would undermine the principle of sovereign immunity, under which such disputes are resolved between nations, not in courts. No state would be more vulnerable than the United States.

2 Americans dead in Brussels attacks; Kerry visits

At least two Americans have been confirmed killed in the Brussels attacks, the State Department said Friday, as top U.S. diplomat John Kerry visited the stricken city to express condolences and defended Belgium’s counterterrorism efforts against “carping” by critics.

AP sources: No sign of US entry for terror plot

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence agencies have found no evidence that al-Qaida has sneaked any terrorists into the country for a strike coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, senior officials said Saturday.