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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

This frame grab from video provided by Hawar News, ANHA, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows a damaged restaurant where an explosion occurred, in Manbij, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syrian war monitoring group, and a local town council said Wednesday that the explosion took place near a patrol of the U.S.-led coalition and that there are casualties. (ANHA via AP)

ISIS attack in Syria renews debate over Trump's claim on terrorists' group rout, push to withdraw

A deadly suicide attack by the Islamic State that claimed the lives of four Americans and seriously injured several others in Syria on Wednesday has reignited debate in Washington over the Trump administration's claim that the terrorist group has been defeated and raised new questions in Congress about the president's plan to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops stationed there. Published January 16, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with US President Donald Trump as he arrives to attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

Putin stresses cooperation in Christmas letter to Trump

Improving U.S.-Russian relations in 2019 will be vital to ensuring "international security," Vladimir Putin told President Trump over the weekend in a holiday message that stressed openness and cooperation amid growing tension between the two nuclear powers. Published December 30, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for H.R. 2, the "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018," in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump rips Mattis, McGurk after resignations

Facing a near-universal backlash over his decisions to pull U.S. troops from Syria and cut in half the number of forces in Afghanistan, President Trump unloaded on two outgoing officials who resigned over those decisions. Published December 23, 2018

"We will continue to act very aggressively against Iran's efforts to entrench in Syria," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. (Associated Press)

Israel to step up fight against Iranian proxies after U.S. steps out of Syria

Israel moved quickly Thursday to fill the coming power vacuum after President Trump said U.S. troops were being withdrawn from Syria, vowing to ramp up its own military campaign against Iranian-backed proxy groups in the country -- a clear sign that the war between Jerusalem and Tehran will continue with or without U.S. involvement. Published December 20, 2018