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Bryant Harris


A banner belonging to Islamic State fighters is seen during a battle with Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, Syria, Aug. 16, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Pentagon says captured Islamic State fighters hooked on drugs

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 | Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent

Syrian Democratic Forces have found an increasingly desperate detachment of militants using drugs, including amphetamines, to keep themselves in the fight.

US-backed forces cut off Islamic State in Raqqa

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 | Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent

The Syrian Democratic Forces have surrounded the Islamic State’s Syria stronghold.

US vows to press ahead with Iraq bomb clearance despite criticism

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 | Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent

A State Department audit released this week criticizes the agency’s approach to oversight of efforts to clear improvised explosive devices and mines in Iraq.

Egyptian lawmakers rile Congress with US gun violence jab

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 | Bryant Harris, Congressional Correspondent

In a letter to Congress protesting a US travel advisory, an Egyptian parliamentary delegation downplayed the threats to Coptic Christians in the country, comparing the statistics on violence against them to shootings in US cities.

Congress moves bill cutting Palestinian aid over ‘martyr’ stipends

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 | Bryant Harris, Congressional Correspondent

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17-4 for the Taylor Force Act after modifications were made to get Democrats on board.

Iran hawks, Bannon loyalists booted in White House purge

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

A civil war for the soul of the Donald Trump administration has emerged into the open, pitting a motley array of anti-globalists and Iran hawks against more moderate national security professionals.

Cash-strapped Baghdad drops Podesta

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 | Bryant Harris, Congressional Correspondent

Iraq has parted ways with its longtime Washington lobbyist.

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