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  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks off of the stage following a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. (Susan Walsh/AP)
    Pompeo pledges support for Iraq, targets pro-Iran militias

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged on Wednesday that the Trump administration will continue to support Iraq as it confronts the threat posed by the Islamic State group, but he also called for the Baghdad government to redouble efforts to rein in pro-Iran militias.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on the State Department's 2021 budget on Capitol Hill Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    State Department watchdog resigns after predecessor’s ouster

    Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog's office.

  • Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William
    Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins

    Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump’s most significant and boldest actions.

  • Aircraft from Carrier Air Wings (CVW) 5 and 17 fly in formation over the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force on July 6, 2020, in the South China Sea. The aircraft carriers USS Nimitz (CVN 68), right, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and their carrier strike groups are conducting dual carrier operations in the Indo-Pacific as the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force. (MC3Keenan Daniels/Navy)
    US rejects nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea

    The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks during a news conference at the State Department on July 1, 2020, in Washington. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
    Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

    Criticized for inaction, President Donald Trump and top officials on Wednesday stepped up their defense of the administration’s response to intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.