Brett McGurk follows Defense Secretary Jim Mattis out the door in protest of the president's abrupt decision to withdraw troops.
Such deals have allowed militants to survive to fight another day—and risk strengthening the most dangerous branch of the terror network, one that carried out the 9/11 attacks.
Authorities say former members of a Paris neighborhood gang ended up aiding the Charlie Hebdo attack, recruiting militant fighters to Syria.
Islamist militants from Russia's Caucases region released a video taking credit for a previous attack (unconfirmed) and promising to give a "present" if Russia goes ahead with the Winter Games next month.
A Defense Department official may have diverted millions from a Pentagon-funded research website to hire a rogue band of spies he reportedly called "my Jason Bournes" (as in the Matt Damon super assassin). These Jason Bournes, The New York Times reports, allegedly spent time running around both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border looking for militants to have killed.
A new map produced by the BBC succinctly demonstrates the weakness of the Pakistan state in combating Taliban militants in the country's North West Frontier Province (NWFP). The map shows only 38% of Pakistan's NWFP to be under government control, while the balance of the region experiences either Taliban presence or control.
Because it worked out so well the last time, the U.S. plans to arm Afghan militias in an effort to police the country. The Pentagon is presenting this plan -- and the media are reporting it -- as a spinoff of a successful strategy in Iraq, not a revival of the secret war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.