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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. The shadow war between Israel and Iran in Syria has burst into the open.
Israel’s foreign minister declared that his country’s forces had destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria, in dozens of airstrikes.
The strikes came after Israel reported an Iranian rocket attack on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights — and amid drastically ramped up tensions in the region after the American withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Above, Lebanese soldiers with a rocket that landed in their territory. Here’s a quick synopsis of how the clash between the longtime foes suddenly escalated.
Firm partners had chafed over Mr. Giuliani’s comments about payments that Michael Cohen made to silence Stormy Daniels, the pornographic film actress who has said she had an affair with Mr. Trump.
Mr. Giuliani suggested that such payments were common at his firm, even without the knowledge of the clients. The firm denied that was the case.
4. Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, told colleagues she was close to resigning after President Trump berated her in front of the entire cabinet.
Several current and former officials familiar with the incident said Mr. Trump criticized her for what he said was her failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders.
Ms. Nielsen, above right with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, has drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted it, according to two of the people.
5. We got an advance copy of the forthcoming memoir “The Restless Wave,” by Senator John McCain of Arizona. His friend Lindsey Graham, a senator from South Carolina, said it should be “required reading for anyone who wants to lead in a democracy.”
Mr. McCain is battling brain cancer, but he weighed in, via Twitter, on the confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel, the nominee for C.I.A. director. He wrote that her refusal to acknowledge that torture is immoral should disqualify her. (Above, Mr. McCain in Washington late last year.)
But our Washington bureau reports that Ms. Haspel’s confirmation by the full Senate is all but certain. We discussed the hearing on our podcast “The Daily.”
6. A Defense Department investigation of a Special Forces mission in Niger found lots of problems in the operation, but concluded that “no single failure or deficiency” led to the deaths of four American soldiers.
The soldiers, above, were among a group of Green Berets ambushed last fall by fighters aligned with the Islamic