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Islamist Siege Turns Women Into Beggars in Northeast Nigeria

Aishat Abba, a 35-year-old mother, spends her days in a crush of beggars soliciting alms from people in passing cars in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. She’s says it’s the only way her family can survive. She’s one of hundreds of women and girls who’ve turned to begging after fleeing attacks from the Islamist group Boko Haram in the ... Read More »

Journalist Kidnapped in Somalia Is Released

A German-American journalist who was abducted more than two years ago while in Somalia researching a book about piracy was freed by his captors on Tuesday, German officials said. A Somali pirate commander told The Associated Press that the journalist had been released after a ransom was paid. Germany’s foreign ministry confirmed that a “German citizen who also had U.S. ... Read More »

Lawmakers Reject Pentagon Bid to Spend War Funds on F-35s

Lawmakers have rejected the Pentagon’s request to shift as much as $1.5 billion in war spending to buy eight new Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) F-35 jets and 21 additional Boeing Co. (BA) AH-64 Apache helicopters. The Defense Department asked for the additional jets and helicopters in a Sept. 8 request for permission to shift, or reprogram, about $2 billion in ... Read More »

Syria vote isn’t last word from Congress on war

President Barack Obama’s Mideast war strategy isn’t in the clear yet in Congress. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. And many lawmakers want a say over the rest of ... Read More »

Bill would suspend visa waiver program for countries with citizens working for ISIS

Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) have introduced legislation that would suspend the visa waiver program for countries with citizens that have joined Islamic extremists. The lawmakers said the legislation would prevent potential terrorists working with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from entering the U.S. easily. Instead, people from countries with citizens known to be working ... Read More »

What The US, NATO Must Do To Counter Russia: Breedlove, Gorenc, & Odierno

Russia casts a long shadow nowadays, especially if you’re a neighbor. Armed with heavy tanks, jet fighters, long-range missiles, and the world’s slickest state-sponsored cyber-criminals, Russia is a very different threat from the so-called Islamic State, the Taliban, or even China. So how must the US and its NATO allies change gears, mindset and tactics to cope? Last week, I ... Read More »

Ukraine’s Neglected and Battered Army Inspires Citizens to Pitch In

Well-wishers mill around the entrances of the two main hospitals in this city in east-central Ukraine — men who greet friends with hugs and backslaps or share a cigarette, women who arrive to visit the wounded, sorting food parcels and pouring cups of sweet tea. Inside the two hospitals, one civilian-run and one military, the medical staffs are busy treating ... Read More »

For Many, a Nation That Seems Less Free From Moscow’s Dominance Than Ever

Ukrainians have been promised sweeping change in the seven months since their collective anger chased the last president out of his mansion. The low-grade war against Russia and its proxies in the east would be brought to a close, with Ukraine kept whole. A new chapter in political and economic relations would be opened with Europe. A concerted effort to ... Read More »

German Navy Grounds Sea Lynx Helicopter Fleet

A 22-centimeter-long crack discovered in a German Sea Lynx Mk88 helicopter has grounded 21 of the Navy’s 22-strong Sea Lynx fleet, according to the Defense Ministry. The crack appeared on the hoist arm of a Sea Lynx onboard the frigate Lübeck, currently at sea, in the region of the tail rotor, a ministry spokesman said. As other Sea Lynx have ... Read More »

Yemeni Shiite rebel sweep into capital kills 340

In a stunning sweep of the Yemeni capital, the country’s Shiite rebels seized homes, offices and military bases of their Sunni foes on Monday, forcing many into hiding and triggering an exodus of civilians from the city after a week of fighting that left 340 people dead. It was the latest development in the Hawthi blitz, which has plunged volatile ... Read More »

President Barack Obama to meet with Iraqi, Egyptian leaders

President Barack Obama will meet with top leaders of Iraq and Egypt on the sidelines of a United Nations gathering in New York this week as he tries to solidify a global coalition to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the White House announced Monday afternoon. Obama’s meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Thursday is expected ... Read More »

Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed

Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer. The deaths of the two suspects, identified by the Israeli military as well-known Hamas militants, ... Read More »

Israel Says It Shot Down Syrian Fighter Jet

The Israeli military said Tuesday morning that it had shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had “infiltrated into Israeli airspace,” the first such incident in at least a quarter of a century. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the Patriot air-defense system had intercepted a Russian-made Sukhoi warplane over the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights around 9:15 a.m. Brig. ... Read More »

Hezbollah armed drone? Militants’ new weapon (opinion)

Over this past weekend, Hezbollah, the militant Shiite group that is headquartered in Lebanon, reportedly used drones to bomb a building used by the al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front, along Lebanon’s border with Syria. The armed drones, combined with fire from Hezbollah ground troops, killed 23 Nusra Front militants and wounded some 10 others, according to a report by an ... Read More »

Chinese ship spies on Valiant Shield — and that’s OK with US

A Chinese surveillance ship has been detected observing the Valiant Shield military exercise from within the United States’ exclusive economic zone — a move the U.S. actually doesn’t mind. One Chinese auxiliary general intelligence vessel has been watching most of Valiant Shield since it began Sept. 15 in and around Guam, military officials said Monday. The exercise, which ends Tuesday, ... Read More »