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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.

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Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Herding the big dogs: Biden takes risks with climate 'summit'

President Biden will summon dozens of world leaders Thursday and Friday for a virtual climate change summit aimed at securing historic cuts in pollution, but some key stakeholders, chiefly China and Russia, will likely be logging on with their own competing agendas and may try to use the meeting as an opportunity to back the U.S. into a corner. Published April 19, 2021

In this Thursday, March 4, 2021, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting with participants of the We Are Together nationwide volunteer campaign in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia responds to latest sanctions by kicking out 10 U.S. diplomats

Moscow will kick out 10 U.S. diplomats in response to the Biden administration's latest round of sanctions against Russian officials, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday as the rift between the two old Cold War foes grows deeper. Published April 16, 2021

Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

The Biden administration launched a full-court press Thursday to convince allies and warn adversaries that the U.S. will remain engaged in Afghanistan moving forward, even as the U.S. and its NATO allies begin preparations to last Western troops from the country after two decades of war. Published April 15, 2021

President Joe Biden removes his mask to speak from the Treaty Room in the White House on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, about the withdrawal of the remainder of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

'Time to end America's longest war': Biden orders Afghanistan exit by Sept. 11

Afghanistan is barreling into the unknown after President Biden announced Wednesday that the final 2,500-plus U.S. troops will leave the country by Sept. 11, forcing an already fragile central government in Kabul to soon go toe-to-toe with an emboldened Taliban insurgency that appears eager to exploit a potential power vacuum and to make the American withdrawal as painful as possible. Published April 14, 2021

American soldiers wait on the tarmac in Logar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Biden to pull all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

All U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by this summer's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President Biden announced Tuesday, potentially putting American forces at risk of renewed Taliban attacks in the short run while sparking long-term fears that the country may once again become a breeding ground for terrorists. Published April 13, 2021

In this Friday, May 13, 2011, file photo, soldiers of 1AD attend a color casing ceremony of the First Armored Division at the U.S. Army Airfield in Wiesbaden, Germany. Germany's Defense Ministry says U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in his first conversation with her since taking up his new post that Germany is highly valued as a station for American soldiers. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Pentagon will send 500 new troops to Germany in reversal of Trump plan

The U.S. will station another 500 troops in Germany as part of a new "multi-domain task force," Pentagon officials said Tuesday, officially closing the book on former President Trump's ill-fated plan to move thousands of American troops out of the country. Published April 13, 2021

In this March 31, 2019 file photo, women speak to guards at the gate that closes off the section for foreign families who lived in the Islamic State's so-called caliphate, at Al-Hol camp in Hasakeh province, Syria. Killings have surged inside the camp with at least 20 men and women killed in January, 2021. They are believed to be the victims of IS militants trying to enforce their power inside the camp housing 62,000 people, mostly women and children. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Pentagon ramps up attacks on resurgent ISIS: 'It is not defeated'

The Pentagon is ramping up its war against an enemy declared "territorially defeated" two years ago, fueling questions about whether the U.S. and its allies have the right long-term strategy to truly crush the Islamic State terrorist group once and for all. Published April 6, 2021

Wounded Afghan vet recounts critical mission, still worries for women she left behind

As part of a female engagement team in Afghanistan, Stephanie Vazquez, the medically retired Army sergeant and mother of two, was given a critical mission: to gather information from Afghan women, who were culturally barred from speaking directly with male soldiers but were routinely used as pawns by the enemy. Published April 1, 2021

This undated file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, center, at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Satellite images show new activity at key North Korean nuclear lab

Satellite images taken Tuesday show new activity at the Yongbyon Radiochemistry Laboratory, a key facility in North Korea's nuclear weapons program, fueling suspicion that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is seeking to put public pressure on President Biden and wants to force the U.S. to make diplomatic concessions. Published March 31, 2021

In this photo released by Suez Canal Authority, the Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship, is pulled by one of the Suez Canal tugboats, in the Suez Canal, Egypt, Monday, March 29, 2021. Engineers on Monday "partially refloated " the colossal container ship that continues to block traffic through the Suez Canal, authorities said, without providing further details about when the vessel would be set free. (Suez Canal Authority via AP)

Fallout lingers after massive container ship pried loose in Suez Canal

The Suez Canal reopened for business Monday after salvage crews freed a massive container ship that spent the past week blocking the crucial waterway, while stakeholders around the world -- including China, Russia and even American political advocacy groups -- seized on the incident to push their own agendas. Published March 29, 2021