Search ends for Navy SEALs lost at sea on mission to seize Iranian arms

After an exhaustive search scouring 21,000 square miles off the coast of Somalia, two Navy SEALs reported missing during the boarding of a ship carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi fighters were declared dead by the Pentagon.

By Alex HortonJanuary 21, 2024

U.S. Navy carries out new round of strikes against Houthis in Yemen

The strikes targeted 14 missiles that the Houthis had “loaded to be fired,” military officials said.

By Dan LamotheJanuary 17, 2024

How Lloyd Austin’s medical mystery ignited a firestorm

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s secretive hospitalization unleashed an uproar, causing a distraction for President Biden as he intensifies his reelection bid

By Missy Ryan, Matt Viser and Dan LamotheJanuary 17, 2024

U.S. faces growing challenge in bid to contain Middle East violence

Tit-for-tat incidents, including new U.S. strikes in Yemen and Iranian strikes in Iraq and Syria, tested Washington’s attempt to limit regional instability.

By Missy Ryan, Dan Lamothe, Susannah George and Mustafa SalimJanuary 16, 2024

U.S. forces recovered Iranian warheads in Navy SEAL mission gone awry

The Pentagon suspects the Iranian arms shipment, intercepted off Somalia, was destined for militants in Yemen blamed for attacking ships in the Red Sea.

By Alex HortonJanuary 16, 2024

Austin released from hospital but won’t return to Pentagon right away

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin kept his hospitalization secret for days, setting off an uproar when it was learned the White House was unaware he’d become ill.

By Dan LamotheJanuary 15, 2024

Navy SEALs lost at sea were searching for Yemen-bound weapons shipment

Military commanders dispatched the elite Navy SEALs to a ship in the Gulf of Aden that was suspected transporting Iranian-made arms to Yemen, officials said.

By Alex HortonJanuary 14, 2024

Navy SEALs missing at sea after ship-boarding mission off Somalia

Two members of the elite Navy SEALs went missing Thursday after attempting to board a ship in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia.

By Alex Horton and Ellen NakashimaJanuary 13, 2024

Strike on Yemen hit more Houthi sites than first disclosed, U.S. says

The Pentagon said an assessment of the U.S.-led operation, intended to thwart future Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, was ongoing.

By Loveday Morris, Susannah George, Frances Vinall and Alex HortonJanuary 12, 2024

U.S.-led coalition strikes Iran-aligned Houthi militants in Yemen

The strike in Yemen follows a surge in Houthi attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea that have wreaked havoc on the global economy.

By Alex Horton, Dan Lamothe, Missy Ryan and Abigail HauslohnerJanuary 12, 2024

U.S. failed to track $1 billion in Ukraine military aid, watchdog says

The Pentagon inspector general’s findings come as President Biden has urged Congress to pass a massive package of additional military aid for Ukraine.

By Michael Birnbaum, Abigail Hauslohner and Alex HortonJanuary 11, 2024

Austin’s undisclosed hospitalization draws new internal investigation

The Pentagon’s inspector general will scrutinize how President Biden and others were left unaware for days that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized.

By Dan Lamothe and Mariana AlfaroJanuary 11, 2024

Austin treated for prostate cancer before emergency, Pentagon reveals

In another surprising disclosure, the White House said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin withheld his prostate cancer diagnosis from President Biden for weeks.

By Dan Lamothe, Matt Viser, Fenit Nirappil and Missy RyanJanuary 9, 2024

Austin leaves intensive care amid growing scrutiny of Pentagon secrecy

The lack of transparency surrounding Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s hospitalization has led Democrats and Republicans to intensify calls for accountability.

By Dan Lamothe, Matt Viser and Missy RyanJanuary 8, 2024

Inside the daring plot to rescue an American soldier’s mother from Gaza

The mission to extract Zahra Sckak required days of negotiation between the U.S. and Israel as officials rallied on behalf of her son, an American soldier.

By Hope Hodge Seck and Dan LamotheJanuary 8, 2024

Biden retains confidence in Austin despite hospitalization secrecy

The Pentagon chief’s silence about his hospitalization has elicited surprise and frustration across the Biden administration and among members of Congress.

By Missy Ryan, Dan Lamothe and Matt ViserJanuary 7, 2024

Pentagon chief takes responsibility for keeping hospitalization secret

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized on Jan. 1, but the Pentagon did not disclose it for five days.

By Dan Lamothe and Missy RyanJanuary 6, 2024

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been hospitalized since Jan. 1

The Pentagon disclosed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s days-long hospitalization late Friday, saying he was recovering and had resumed his duties.

By Missy Ryan and Dan LamotheJanuary 6, 2024

U.S. strike in Baghdad raises specter of wider regional war

Iraq says the strike violated agreements between Baghdad and Washington. The Pentagon described it as “necessary” and “proportionate.”

By Mustafa Salim, Louisa Loveluck, Dan Lamothe and Alex HortonJanuary 4, 2024

Army officer alleges reprisal for his account of Capitol riot response

Earl Matthews, a key figure in the Jan. 6 investigation, claims that, despite his qualifications for promotion, the Army has denied his advancement.

By Dan LamotheJanuary 4, 2024