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Pence visits Iraq to reassure Kurdish allies

Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday, where he met the president of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to reassure the longtime allies who fought …

100 Years Ago in Spokane: Schools brace for postwar enrollment; Tickets selling out for scenic plane rides

Back-to-school preparations were in high gear after the war. The now-defunct Spokane University expected its enrollment to double. Washington State college drew the largest crowd, followed by the University of …

100 years ago in Spokane: Postwar ‘profiteers’ targeted, but city inspectors say food and housing shortage a reality

Several counties, including Spokane, set up commissions to examine the high costs of food, fuel and housing. But a municipal investigation revealed true scarcities of these commodities, indicating prices were …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

Mike Leach says ‘things are looking good’ for WSU course this spring on football, war

The outspoken head coach of the Cougars football team provided more details in a Twitter post late Tuesday about a class he’s been pondering teaching on the Palouse. The course …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019

Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says U.S. ‘negotiating a surrender’

Ryan Crocker, a former top diplomat to the Bush and Obama administrations, said a proposed deal with the Taliban to remove U.S. forces from the country amounted to “basically negotiating …

Shawn Vestal: In a soldier’s journal, the story of war and what comes after

Orrin Gorman McClellan took his own life following an extended battle with the wounds that so many warriors bring home with them – post-traumatic stress disorder, likely traumatic brain injury, …

Excerpts from ‘A Soldier’s Journey: Last Supper to No Goodbye’

“A Soldier’s Journey: Last Supper to No Goodbye” is a book of poems, journal entries and photographs marking the experiences of Orrin Gorman McClellan, a Whidbey Island native who served …

Rise in U.S. deaths in Afghanistan clouds outlook for peace

A rash of American combat deaths in Afghanistan is putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump’s commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban.

Retired U.S. general says war with China likely in 15 years

The former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe warned Wednesday that it’s very likely the United States will be at war with China in 15 years.

UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.