U.S. Military to Begin Drills to Evacuate Americans From South Korea

The military’s plan to practice evacuating noncombatants, despite being a routine exercise, raises concerns because of heightened tensions with North Korea. Source: World

Pentagon Tests Lasers and Nets to Combat a Vexing Foe: ISIS Drones

As deadly drone attacks by the Islamic State increase, American officials are experimenting with technologies that can destroy the weapons. Source: World

Why the U.S. Allowed a Convoy of ISIS Fighters to Go Free

American officials say the decision to end a two-week standoff involved a trade-off of competing priorities, and speaks to the complexity of the Syrian war. Source: World

Kim ‘Is Begging for War,’ Nikki Haley Says, but Urges More Diplomacy

North Korea showed signs of preparing for another missile launch, a South Korean defense official said. Source: World

ISIS Is on Its Heels, but Fighting to the Death

American officials say the pace of the fight against the Islamic State is not slowing, even as the militants’ territory continues to shrink. Source: World

A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military

As the North Korean missile threat grows, there are signs that Japan’s citizens are moving away from the country’s postwar pacifism. Source: World

India, U.S. and Japan Begin War Games, and China Hears a Message

The Indian Navy also announced a plan to station warships to monitor movement through the Strait of Malacca, where many Chinese vessels enter from the South China Sea. Source: World

On a Tiny Norwegian Island, America Keeps an Eye on Russia

In a sleepy town in the Arctic, the business of snooping on Russia’s fleet of nuclear submarines is flourishing thanks to an American-funded radar system. Source: World

U.S.-Backed Forces Begin Assault on Raqqa, ISIS Stronghold in Syria

The force of Syrian Kurds and Arab militias say they have begun operations on the city, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital. Source: World

Journalist’s Footage Shows Iraqi Forces Torturing Civilians, ABC Report Says

Video taken by Ali Arkady and shared with the news network appears to show uniformed Iraqi forces beating Iraqi civilians. Source: World