The United States Navy again thwarted Iran from stealing military sail drones at sea, officials said. The incident in the Red Sea, after an earlier one in the Gulf, was the latest reminder of U.S.-Iran military tensions. They follow exchanges of fire last week between U.S. troops and Iran-backed groups …Read More »
‘The Taliban Are Behind My Door’: The Whispered Message From a Friend in Afghanistan
by Susan Katz Keating “The Taliban are behind my door.” The whispered words came through the phone in the pitch of night, hours after Kabul fell on August 15, 2021. My friend “Hakim,” a man I had been trying from afar to help leave Afghanistan, called me from inside his …Read More »
Merrick Garland’s Mar-a-Lago Warrant: Will Obscure Section of US Code Come Into Play?
The firestorm surrounding the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound continued into Friday, following a newspaper report that federal agents had searched the property for documents concerning nuclear weapons. In addition to sending shockwaves through an already reeling political world, the report prompted questions from those who …Read More »
Alone Against the Taliban: Mad Dog Platoon and the Battle of OP Nevada
by Susan Katz Keating The Soviets called it Chernaya Gora: Black Mountain. That is where a unit of elite Spetsnaz forces met their deaths in Afghanistan, atop a remote observation post overlooking Kunar. I learned about the treacherous place in 2015, while researching an article for the Army National Guard. …Read More »
Did FBI Avert Unprecedented Faceoff With Secret Service at Mar-a-Lago, and Other Questions
by Susan Katz Keating The FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound has created an unsurprising firestorm, bringing outrage or glee from various opposing camps. So far, the raid has produced only speculation. The warrant that allowed more than 30 federal agents to search the Florida estate on …Read More »
Extortion 17: Raise a Glass to Those Lost, and Continue Looking for Answers
by Susan Katz Keating Eleven years ago today, 30 American military servicemen and a U.S. military working dog were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down in Afghanistan. Within hours of this shocking event, I began searching for whatever I could learn, for an …Read More »
Russia Using Nuclear Power Plant as Military Shield in Ukraine, Causing ‘Grave’ Danger, Officials Say
The situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine is “extremely grave and dangerous,” as Russia is using the plant as a military shield, Western officials said. ‘Every principle of safety has been violated one way or the other,” said Rafael Grossi, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency. …Read More »
Swapping Viktor Bout for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan: Did Moscow Already Get the Man It Wanted?
When Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week said that Washington had offered to swap prisoners with Moscow, the deal seemed obvious. The U.S. would release Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for imprisoned Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. But Moscow, which previously has pressed for its arms …Read More »
What Are Ukraine’s Chances to Recapture Kherson?
Controlling Kherson would mean controlling the water supply to Russian-occupied Crimea. Ukrainian forces are continuing to advance towards Kherson, one of the most important cities lost to Russia so far in the war. As they advance through the countryside towards the southern port city, the Ukrainians have reportedly destroyed some …Read More »
Ukraine Advances on Kherson, Aiming to Retake City from Russia
Ukrainian forces are continuing to advance towards Kherson, one of the most important cities lost to Russia so far in the war. As they advance through the countryside towards Kherson, the Ukrainians have reportedly destroyed some Russian equipment and captured other pieces. The British Ministry of Defence takes a look …Read More »