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Ten Years After Disappearing in Syria, Freedom Is Elusive for U.S. Journalist

By Raja Abdulrahim | The New York Times

Ten years after the American journalist Austin Tice disappeared in Syria as the country descended into a brutal civil war, and was believed to have been held captive by the government of President Bashar al-Assad since, his release still remains elusive.

Road to War: U.S. Struggled to Convince Allies, and Zelensky, of Risk of Invasion

By Shane Harris, Karen DeYoung, Isabelle Khurshudyan, Ashley Parker & Liz Sly | The Washington Post (free)

On a sunny October morning, the nation’s top intelligence, military and diplomatic leaders filed into the Oval Office for an urgent meeting with President Biden.They arrived bearing a highly classified intelligence analysis, compiled from newly obtained satellite images, intercepted communications and human sources, that amounted to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war plans for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. Rules Out Releasing Billions in Afghan Funds After Strike

By Jessica Donati & Margherita Stancati | The Wall Street Journal

The Biden administration has decided it won’t release any of the roughly $7 billion in foreign assets held by Afghanistan’s central bank on U.S. soil and has suspended talks with the Taliban over the funds after the killing of al Qaeda’s leader in Kabul, according to U.S. officials.

More from WPR: Using Afghanistan’s Frozen Funds to Pay 9/11 Families Could Backfire

U.S. Approves Nearly All Tech Exports to China, Data Shows

By Kate O'Keeffe | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. has identified intensifying technological competition with China as a top national-security threat. But a Commerce Department-led process that reviews U.S. tech exports to the country approves almost all requests and has overseen an increase in sales of some particularly important technologies, according to an analysis of trade data.

U.S. Carries Out ICBM Test Delayed During Chinese Show-of-Force Over Taiwan

By Idrees Ali | Reuters

The United States military said Tuesday that it had carried out a test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, delayed to avoid escalating tensions with Beijing during China’s show of force near Taiwan earlier this month.

More from WPR: China Has Nothing to Gain From Invading Taiwan

The Upside of Pelosi’s Unwise Taiwan Visit

By Ryan Hass | Foreign Affairs

What Washington can learn from Beijing’s overreaction.

U.S. Reports Drone Strikes on Tanf Base in Syria, No Casualties

By Sarah Dadouch | The Washington Post

U.S. forces reported an attack by drone aircraft on one of its outposts in a remote corner of Syria but said there had been no casualties or damage.

The U.S. Wants to Close Guantanamo. Could a Saudi Center Provide a Way Out?

By Carol Rosenberg | The New York Times

The Biden administration is seeking places to send cleared detainees who cannot go home. A Saudi program could be an option once again.

The World Is Seeing How the Dollar Really Works

By Adam Tooze | Foreign Policy

By raising interest rates, the Federal Reserve strengthened the U.S. currency—and revealed its centrality to global order.

FBI Searched Trump’s Home to Look for Nuclear Documents and Other Items, Sources Say

By Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey, Perry Stein & Shane Harris | The Washington Post (free)

Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Blinken Urges Rwanda and Congo to End Support for Warring Militias

By Edward Wong | The New York Times

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that he had urged the leaders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to end their support for militias in eastern Congo, warning that continuing to back the groups threatened stability across the Great Lakes region of Africa.

China’s Taiwan Military Drills Offer Spying Opportunity for U.S.

By Greg Torode & Idrees Ali | Reuters

While China’s expanded drills surrounding Taiwan have marked an unprecedented military and political warning against outside interference over the island, they opened a window to gather intelligence for the United States and its allies.

More from WPR: China Has Nothing to Gain From Invading Taiwan

What the U.S. Gets Wrong About Iran

By Karim Sadjadpour | The New York Times

By and large, the United States has sought to engage a regime that clearly doesn’t want to be engaged, and isolate a ruling regime that thrives in isolation. Yet over time, the Iranian regime has shown it’s too influential to ignore, too dogmatic to reform, too brutal to overthrow, and too large to fully contain.

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