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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

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden promises 'we will leave' Afghanistan but won't give specific date

President Biden on Thursday laid down a broad marker for America's troubled military mission in Afghanistan, virtually ruling out a U.S. troop presence beyond this year while suggesting he's prepared to brush aside the May 1 withdrawal deadline put in place by President Trump. Published March 25, 2021

U.S. offensive batters ISIS with 312 airstrikes

The U.S. military and its Iraqi partners this month launched a major offensive against the remnants of the Islamic State in Iraq, unleashing 312 airstrikes and a ground assault that killed at least 27 terrorists. Published March 24, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin leads a cabinet meeting via video conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Biden's 'killer' remark riles Kremlin, deepens U.S.-Russia rift: 'It's not going to blow over'

The already chilly U.S.-Russia relationship descended into a rhetorical and diplomatic deep freeze Thursday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin bristling at President Biden's claim that he is a "killer" and invoking the atomic bombings of Japan, slavery and the murder of Native Americans in a stunning broadside against the White House and America as a whole. Published March 18, 2021

Security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 15, 2021. A bomb targeting a minibus in Afghanistan's capital exploded Monday wounding at least 15 civilians, police said, amid a surge in attacks in Kabul. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Biden says May 1 deadline to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan is 'tough'

President Biden on Wednesday offered perhaps the clearest signal to date that U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan past a tentative May 1 deadline and blamed his predecessor for crafting what he described as a shoddy deal with the Taliban that so far has failed to produce a path to a lasting political settlement. Published March 17, 2021

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, elbow bumps with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, center, and  Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, front, watch after a joint news conference after their two plus two security talks at Iikura Guest House in Tokyo Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Defense and foreign ministers from the U.S. and Japan are meeting to discuss their concern over China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region as the Biden administration tries to reaffirm engagement with its key regional allies.(Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

'Strengthen our hand': U.S. stages whirlwind reengagement tour ahead of China meeting

The Biden administration this week is racing to line up key Asian allies ahead of a high-stakes meeting with top Chinese officials in Alaska on Thursday -- a meeting that analysts say will offer a key window into how the complex geopolitical showdown between Washington and Beijing will play out over the next four years. Published March 16, 2021

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, soldiers assigned to 6th Engineer Battalion use snow shoes during Arctic Light Individual Training on the Bulldog Trail in sub-zero conditions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. ALIT is the United States Army Alaska's Cold Weather Indoctrination program. It gives all soldiers, regardless of their job, the foundation to successfully work, train, and go to war in some of the harshest environments in the world. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Justin Connaher) **FILE**

Army aims for 'Arctic dominance' over Russia

The U.S. Army will stand up a new headquarters in the Arctic, better prepare military units to carry out long-term missions in the icy region, and invest heavily to improve the quality of life for soldiers stationed in Alaska and beyond, the Pentagon said Tuesday in a sweeping new strategy that aims to recapture "Arctic dominance" from Russia. Published March 16, 2021

In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Pentagon's Tucker Carlson offensive fuels fears of a politicized military

The Pentagon's slow drift into the political mudslinging of Washington may be accelerating under President Biden, with the military's unusually aggressive attack on a conservative Fox News critic sparking a backlash from conservatives on Capitol Hill and threatening to drag the Defense Department into a broader culture war. Published March 15, 2021

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks on foreign policy at the State Department, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Washington.  (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

'Afghan-led and Afghan-owned': Biden seeks a new way ahead for troubled talks

The Biden administration's surprise diplomatic push in Afghanistan could serve a dual purpose: to lay the groundwork for a U.S. military presence in the country past a looming May 1 withdrawal deadline, and to create an opening to work with adversaries Iran, China and Russia, each of which has created major geopolitical headaches in the White House's early days. Published March 8, 2021

President Biden on committed to working with Congress to replace war-making authorities that have underpinned U.S. military action in the Middle East and beyond for the nearly two decades since the shock of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden, lawmakers take step to limit president's authority to go to war

President Biden and a bipartisan caucus on Capitol Hill may have just taken the first step toward a deal that has eluded Washington for more than a decade: the establishment of clear, narrow limits on a commander in chief's authority to take the country into war. Published March 7, 2021

Pilots from the 69th Bomb Squadron board B-52H Stratofortress bomber "Wham Bam II" in preparation for a flight over the Mideast on March 6, 2021, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. A pair of B-52 bombers flew over the Mideast on Sunday, March 7, 2021, the latest such mission in the region aimed at warning Iran amid tensions between Washington and Tehran. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Josh W. Strickland via AP)

U.S. deploys B-52 bombers to Middle East in warning to Iran

The U.S. military on Sunday delivered a pair of clear warnings to Iran, with the Air Force dispatching two B-52H "Stratofortress" bombers to the Middle East while Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin vowed to "hold people accountable for their acts" if Americans are targeted. Published March 7, 2021