Richard Lardner

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:55
Sen. John McCain, one of President Donald Trump's harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists, his office said Wednesday.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 06:29
Bahrain has fallen short in implementing a series of political and human rights reforms, according to the State Department, undermining efforts to stabilize the tiny island kingdom after its Sunni-ruled government crushed Arab Spring protests five years ago.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 06:30
Afghan civilians who assisted the American-led coalition as interpreters, firefighters and construction workers are in danger of being harmed or killed by the Taliban if Congress cancels a program that allows them to resettle in the United States, according to the top American commander in Afghanistan.
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 06:16
More Arab fighters are joining Syria's U.S.-backed militia due to its success against the Islamic State group and other militants, senior Pentagon officials said Thursday as they urged lawmakers to provide nearly $50 million in additional support to the indigenous forces.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 06:38
President Barack Obama's choice to be the next U.S. commander for the Middle East sought to assure lawmakers a revised effort to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels for the fight against the Islamic State group won't repeat the same mistakes that doomed a similar program last year.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 06:18
A high-ranking U.S. military official says options for sending American special operations forces into Libya are being prepared for senior Defense Department leaders.
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 06:30
The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 06:46
The top American commander in Afghanistan faces skeptical lawmakers amid concerns that worsening security conditions demand a greater number of U.S. forces to ensure the gains made in the war-torn country since 2001 aren't lost.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 00:00
The growing relationship between Venezuela and Iran is stoking the nuclear ambitions of both countries and needs to be more carefully tracked by U.S. authorities, a veteran New York prosecutor said