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Trump’s troubled Syria policy is getting unexpected help from Putin

If Iran does eventually cede to Putin and Trump's demands and back out of Syria, it will provide the US a strong inflection point on which it can leave the country, having handily defeated ISIS there.
An Israeli F-35I over Nevatim, Israel

Israel’s F-35s reportedly saw combat in a raging Syrian air war that smashed Russian defenses

Israeli F-35s flew over Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets towards Israel and Israel's air force launched a blistering retaliation that killed dozens of Iranians and more than 50 individual targets, Schlomo Brom, a retired Brig. Gen in the Israeli Air Force told Business Insider.
US mechanized infantry troops at an official opening ceremony for joint US-Georgian exercise Noble Partner 2015 at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi, Georgia, May 11, 2015.

These are the 15 countries with the most troops ready to fight right now

Head-to-head comparisons of countries' armed forces have to compensate for a variety of factors, but the number of troops a country can commit to combat right away is a key factor in its military strength.
US President Donald Trump (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

North Korea rips ‘denuclearization’ narrative from Trump with flashy, probably meaningless test-site destruction

Officials plan to destroy a nuclear test site in Wonsan in front of foreign media on Tuesday. The move represents denuclearization North Korea's way, meaning it isn't permanent, verifiable, irreversible, or complete.
Donald Trump.

Trump’s lauded North Korea summit increasingly looks set to blow up in his face

North Korea has measurably gained from its diplomatic offensive by forging closer ties with China, and, as President Donald Trump has acknowledged, seemed to get Beijing to ease off sanctions. Trump's main achievement on North Korea so far has been getting China to adhere to international sanctions.
US President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.

Trump calls out China for helping North Korea — and it highlights how Kim Jong Un is winning the talks

ANALYSIS: If Kim Jong Un's diplomacy has bought him more economic support from China, then he's gained a massive boost for the talks. If Kim drives a wedge between Washington and Beijing, there's little else President Trump can do to pressure North Korea besides war.

Beijing lands nuclear bombers in the South China Sea in a clear sign that it’s pushed out the US without firing a shot

China's landing nuclear-capable bombers on artificial islands that it said it wouldn't militarize sends a message to its neighbors and the US: Beijing has won the battle of the South China Sea without firing a shot.
North Korea recently flipped on the US, and Trump had plenty to say about it.

Trump’s latest threat to Kim Jong Un reminds us all that we are a hair’s breadth from nuclear war

President Donald Trump's idea of a "Libya model," which involves national devastation for the country, "would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely," Trump said. "But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong Un is going to be very, very happy."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, April 27, 2018.

North Korea calls South Korea ignorant, incompetent in meltdown over days-old military drills

North Korea had been pushing diplomacy and saying it would denuclearize while the military drill was going on until suddenly stopping on Tuesday, when it began to complain and make threats.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is seen as the newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15's test was successfully launched, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 30, 2017.

The US reportedly called Kim Jong Un’s bluff by demanding its nukes — and North Korea is flipping out

Media from Pyongyang on Tuesday complained about a host of issues, from the US demanding unilateral and complete denuclearization of North Korea, to certain unsavory comments made by Trump officials, and to US and South Korean military exercises.