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Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, is a counterterrorism adviser. (Associated Press via The Washington Free Beacon)

Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s counterterrorism adviser, glad to take media flak

World War II bomber pilots liked to say that taking flak proved you had arrived at the target. By any measure, Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism adviser to President Trump, is in the eye of an unprecedented flak storm from liberal press outlets. The enemy fire proves he must be doing something right.

U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, left, arrives for a meeting during Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool Photo via AP)

Jets pound northwest Syria as Geneva meetings continue

- Associated Press

Airstrikes on Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 11 people on Monday, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva between the government and the opposition.

President Trump told grass-roots activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week that he plans to build up the nation's military.

Conservatives back Trump’s foreign policy

- The Washington Times

Conservatives say they already see glimpses of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” combining with President Trump’s own motto of “America first” and a dash of unpredictability into an as-yet-to-be-defined “Trump doctrine” for foreign policy — but they express absolute faith in Mr. Trump to avoid nation-building, eradicate the Islamic State and keep adversaries guessing.

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Philip Bilden withdraws as Trump’s choice for Navy secretary

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.

A basketball court in Athens is a makeshift prayer center for Muslims. Others use basements and living rooms because the Greek capital has no mosque available. A government-built mosque scheduled to open in April is stirring both delight and dismay. (Dimitris Lampropoulos/Special to The Washington Times)

First mosque in Athens heightens tensions over Muslims

Athens’ Muslims have long made do with living rooms, community centers and basements when seeking out places to pray. But now, the only European capital without an official mosque is about to get one.

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FILE - In this June 27, 2016, file photo, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi speaks during a cooperation conference with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam. Yang will meet with U.S. high-ranking officials becoming the first senior Chinese official to visit the United States on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 since President Donald Trump took office. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh, File)

Rising tensions loom as US, Asian powers discuss NKorea

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump met China's top foreign policy adviser Monday, and U.S. officials huddled with key Asian powers to discuss tensions with North Korea, which have been stoked by a recent missile test and an airport killing officials believe was ordered by Pyongyang.

President Donald Trump speaks to a meeting of the National Governors Association,Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere

- Associated Press

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In this photo released by the Lebanese Government, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, meets with U.S. Central Command Chief Gen. Joseph Votel, center, and U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard, left, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)

US general discusses military aid on Lebanon visit

Associated Press

The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East has met with top officials in Lebanon to discuss American military aid and other efforts to contain the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria.