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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the Pentagon, military and foreign affairs for The Washington Times.

Previously, he covered energy and the environment, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016, and also spent two years as a White House correspondent during the Obama administration.

Before coming to The Times in 2011, Ben worked as political reporter at The Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

In this March 13, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trump can find billions to use for emergency wall declaration

President Trump has a pool of roughly $21 billion in military construction funds he can use to build the border wall by emergency declaration, congressional aides said Thursday -- though much of that is already destined for other projects that would have to be put on hold. Published February 14, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, left, arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2019, to consult with Army Gen. Scott Miller, right, commander of U.S. and coalition forces, and senior Afghan government leaders. The unannounced visit is the first for the acting secretary of defense, Pat Shanahan. He previously was the No. 2 official under Jim Mattis, who resigned as defense chief in December. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

Shanahan says he has no orders from Trump to reduce U.S. forces in Afghanistan

With an Afghanistan peace deal seemingly within reach, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made a surprise trip to the country Monday to visit U.S. troops and meet with top government officials in Kabul, his first trip abroad since taking over the Pentagon's top job last month. Published February 11, 2019

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump says any re-engineered nuclear arms treaty with Russia must include China

China's status as a rising global power has rendered Cold War-era missile pacts between Washington and Moscow obsolete, and President Trump this week signaled the only way such agreements can be preserved is if Beijing also is willing to limit its burgeoning military capabilities as well. Published February 6, 2019

President Donald Trump gives his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi look on. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Trump decries 'endless wars,' stands by Syria withdrawal

President Trump on Tuesday night stood firmly by his decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria, telling the American people that he vowed to be a different kind of commander in chief and is following through on that promise. Published February 5, 2019

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Iraqi leaders slam Trump's comments over using country as base

President Trump's statement Sunday that he plans to keep U.S. troops stationed in Iraq indefinitely sparked an uproar in Baghdad on Monday, complicating an already tense relationship and potentially throwing a wrench into U.S. plans to contain Iran and monitor neighboring Syria. Published February 4, 2019

In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photograph, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern Iranian city of Bushehr.  (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File) **FILE**

Britain, France, Germany launch new trade system with Iran

Saying they remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal despite the U.S. exit last year, the United Kingdom, France and Germany late Thursday announced plans to launch a new joint system allowing them to trade with Tehran. Published February 1, 2019

Although the Taliban continue attacks in Afghanistan, U.S. diplomats express optimism about reaching a comprehensive agreement to end the 18-year-old war and bring American troops home within 18 months. (Associated Press)

Taliban peace deal, Afghanistan War end in sight

Thousands of miles away from the political crises in Washington and the chaos in Venezuela, the Trump administration is making quiet, unexpected progress toward a tentative peace deal in Afghanistan, with top U.S. officials saying they are closer than ever to a comprehensive agreement with the Taliban in the 18-year conflict. Published January 27, 2019

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks to reporters about his support for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam during a news conference at Elkay Manufacturing in Oak Brook, Ill., Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) ** FILE **

Rubio downplays notion of U.S. military action in Venezuela

The Trump administration has insisted that "all options are on the table" in dealing with unrest and instability in Venezuela, but one prominent lawmaker said Sunday that no one in Washington is seriously considering the idea of using military force to top the embattled regime in Caracas. Published January 27, 2019

FILE - In this March 13, 2009 file photo, Zalmay Khalilzad, special adviser on reconciliation speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 on the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would allow American troops to go home, ending the U.S.'s longest military engagement. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

U.S. claims real progress in Taliban peace talks

The U.S. has made real progress in peace talks with the Taliban and the two sides are having "more productive" discussions than at any time before, America's envoy to Afghanistan said over the weekend. Published January 27, 2019

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, and first lady Cilia Flores, left, interact with supporters from a balcony at Miraflores presidential palace during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. At a competing rally, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president until new elections can be held, to which Maduro responded by cutting off diplomatic relations with the United States and said American diplomats had 72 hours to leave the country. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Russia backs Venezuela's Maduro, warns U.S. against intervention

Top Russian officials on Thursday warned the Trump administration not to intervene militarily in Venezuela and said the coordinated effort to push socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power in Caracas underscores the hypocrisy of the West. Published January 24, 2019