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Lauren Meier

Lauren Meier is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering national security committees on Capitol Hill, foreign affairs, defense, and diplomacy. She began covering politics at CNN during the 2016 presidential election, working closely with the national security and justice teams, and later joined Axios as an editor specializing in international and military coverage.

Lauren holds a master's degree in U.S. law from Washington University in St. Louis school of law, and a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from the George Washington University school of media and public affairs. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Loss of major ally a familiar refrain for Kurds

They are the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East, one of the world's most populous stateless peoples, and a geopolitical headache in every country where they have settled. Published October 15, 2019

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In this file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, left, heads to a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Risch suggests pause on Turkey sanctions bill after Erdogan meeting

A key Senate Republican is urging members to pump the brakes on legislation that would sanction Turkey for purchasing the Russian S-400 missile defense system despite warnings from the Trump administration of potential security risks. Published November 14, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, walk together for a photo opportunity at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Anti-ISIS coalition shifts focus to Africa's Sahel region

The global coalition to defeat Islamic State is focusing new attention on a region in North and West Africa as the terror group's "caliphate" has been mostly abolished in Syria and Iraq, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Published November 14, 2019

Rep. Adam Smith, Washington state Democrat and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is shown in this file photo from April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Democrats deny impeachment holding up critical defense policy bill

The leading House Democrat involved in ongoing negotiations for the 2020 defense policy bill insists that the impeachment inquiry into President Trump has not held up progress on the massive bill considered a top priority for the Pentagon. Published November 14, 2019

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., with ranking member Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., right, questions Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Defense nominee Mark Esper during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) **FILE**

Congress' frustration mounts over stalled defense bill

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is sounding the alarm that the impeachment process is taking critical time and attention away from negotiations to get the massive 2020 defense policy bill across the finish line. Published November 10, 2019

In this June 6, 2018 frame grab from the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting, IRIB, state-run TV, three versions of domestically-built centrifuges are shown in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, in Iran. (IRIB via AP, File) **FILE**

Iran announces latest steps to breach nuclear deal limits

Iran on Wednesday announced that would begin injecting uranium gas into over 1,000 centrifuges at one of its main underground facilities beginning at midnight, sparking new opposition in the U.S. to the resumption of its nuclear weapons programs. Published November 6, 2019

Amb. James Jeffrey, the State Department special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, testifies as the House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing titled, "The Betrayal of our Syrian Kurdish Partners," an examination of President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw from Syria and its impact on the Kurds and stability in the region, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Also testifying, at right, is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Syria envoy heads to Turkey amid clashes in Kurdish 'safe zones'

The State Department's special representative to Syria James Jeffrey will travel to Turkey this week to participate in meetings with senior government officials and members of the Syrian opposition as the Turkish-led military offensive in northeast Syria continues despite several cease-fire agreements. Published November 6, 2019

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, reviews armed forces with Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, during a graduation ceremony at Iran's Air Defense Academy, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Khamenei, speaking at the academy, was quoted as saying that U.S. and Western intelligence services "are making chaos" in the region. He urged Iraq and Lebanon to prioritize national security and respect for law while also saying the protesters' demands are "right." (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

U.S., Gulf allies impose new sanctions on Iran-linked businesses

The Trump administration joined six Persian Gulf nations on Wednesday in levying sanctions on over two dozen corporations, banks and entities that are connected to Iran's support of Hezbollah and other organizations the U.S. government designates as terrorists. Published October 30, 2019