The president made a lot of promises on his top foreign-policy priorities. We take a look at whether he’s delivered on those goals.
Mike Giglioahead of Trump’s D-Day trip to Europe, we on @TheAtlantic’s natsec team have decided to take out our red pencils and grade his top five foreign policy priorities. from me he got mixed results: one D and one B+
Adam Schiff lays out his worries on the intelligence, but the Trump administration is pushing back.
Mike GiglioI spoke with Adam Schiff about the U.S. intelligence on threats from Iran. He said the threat is real — but that he also fears “we may be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of conflict with Iran — and without any end game in mind.”
U.S. troops and Iran-backed fighters had an alliance of sorts in the anti-ISIS campaign. With Washington and Tehran at odds, could they turn on each other?
Mike Giglio“They were a wild card that we always had to keep an eye on.” My first piece at @TheAtlantic looks at the complicated and at times strangely intimate relationship between U.S. troops and Iran-backed militia in Iraq
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The Wagner Group has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle but blurs the line between what is and isn’t happening on Moscow’s orders.
Mike Gigliohere's one last story for the road with BuzzFeed and my great editors @MiriamElder and @PaulHamilos. it's a deep dive on the Wagner Group, the Russian mercenary outfit, and how it blurs the boundaries between private enterprise and state-backed war
Raed Fares, a prominent activist working in Syria, narrowly survived an assassination attempt last month. In an interview across the border in Turkey, where he's recovering, he said he'
Mike GiglioRaed Fares, back in 2014, knowing he’d one day be killed in Syria: “For me, it's OK. Because the first time you yell and shout and cheer against the regime in the street — from the first time — you expect that you will die. It's been a very good time."
The US military's repeated attempts to spin the Taliban's victory in Jawzjan as its own only serves to demonstrate just how eager it is to manufacture successes in Afghanistan when they are few and far between.
Mike Gigliothe U.S. military keeps claiming a Taliban victory over ISIS fighters as its own and the @LongWarJournal is having none of it
Kurdish intelligence has documented scores of attacks around former ISIS strongholds.
Mike Giglioworrisome data compiled by @Mikeknightsiraq: in Iraq ISIS has killed local leaders called mukhtar at a rate of more than three per week over the last six months. an effort to remove potential sources of resistance
Mike Giglio.@mdubowitz on the State Department's new Iran group: "It’s a highly empowered action group led by one of Pompeo’s most trusted advisers leveraging all of the US government’s vast interagency resources to wage aggressive campaigns against the regime."
"No one knows what happened out there," one source told T&P about the February attack that left two bulletholes in a U.S. Marine. "And nothing came of it."
Mike Gigliothis is great, classic journalism on an insider attack against U.S. forces in Syria. and it's important not just for the attack but for the motivation: a Kurdish SDF soldier was angry at U.S. soldiers for giving medical treatment to wounded Arab civilians
Mike Gigliothe Kurdish-dominated SDF, America's main partner in Syria, is a varied force and has some Arab components and one incident doesn't taint everyone. but the sectarianism on display in this piece is jarring, and it tracks with longstanding concerns.
Andrew Brunson’s supporters said they had hoped he might be released after a chummy encounter between Trump and Erdogan.
Mike GiglioTurkey again declines to release a U.S. pastor who has been jailed for almost two years on spurious charges.
Also, in Brussels last week: "Trump singled out Erdogan among other NATO leaders for praise, saying that 'he does things the right way'"
Small scale but alarming attacks suggest the militants are rebooting in some of the first parts of the country where they were defeated, raising concerns that declarations of victory were premature.
Mike Giglioas many had feared, the main thing enabling ISIS to regroup in Iraq is failed reconstruction — a landscape of "ghost towns" that "offer a perfect environment for a guerrilla army to regroup"
Mike Giglioimportant story: ISIS is making a comeback in parts of Iraq. assassinations of government officials and tribal elders, bombings, kidnappings — echoes of Mosul before the fall.