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Collapsing Libya Sucks In Egypt With Gulf Ally in Islamist Fight

Egypt has won the United Arab Emirates’ support for a crackdown on Islamists and there are signs the collaboration is extending beyond its borders. U.S. officials say the U.A.E. and Egypt were behind air strikes in the Libyan capital in the past week. Egypt has denied its forces were involved, while the U.A.E. said claims of its intervention were an ... Read More »

Libya’s Proxy Apocalypse

The mystery warplanes that thundered in on Islamist militias fighting for control of the Libyan capital this week are harbingers of a widening regional conflict. The Libyan chaos following the U.S.-backed ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 has opened the way to a proxy war among regional and global powers that Washington appears utterly unable to contain – even ... Read More »

Syrian rebels seize Golan Heights border crossing

Rebels aided by al Qaeda-linked militants seized control of the only border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday. The capture of the Quneitra crossing by Syrian rebels, including members of the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, represents a new dynamic in a war long feared not only for its deadly effects inside Syria but for threatening to ... Read More »

Heavy Use of Banned Cluster Bombs Reported in Syria

Cluster bombs, outlawed munitions that kill and maim indiscriminately, have caused more casualties in the Syrian civil war than in the 2006 Lebanon conflict, when Israel’s heavy use of the weapons hastened the treaty banning them two years later, a monitoring group said Wednesday. The group, the Cluster Munition Coalition, said in an annual report, “Cluster Munition Monitor 2014,” that ... Read More »

After more than 2,100 deaths, the Gaza war ends where it began

In war, nobody wants to be the last to die. In Gaza, it was the chief of the electric company’s maintenance division and his deputy. In Israel, it was a pair of volunteers working a security detail on their kibbutz. The four deaths on Tuesday, hours before an open-ended cease-fire began between Israel and Hamas, reflected the often indiscriminate, opaque ... Read More »

Turkey’s Ruling Party Elects Davutoglu Prime Minister

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday officially elected Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign minister, as the party’s new leader and the country’s new prime minister. The current premier and party chair, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be inaugurated as Turkey’s president on Thursday. Erdogan, who was elected president on Aug. 10, convened the party’s 20-member Central Executive Board (MYK) on ... Read More »

Iran Altering Reactor in Bid for Nuclear Deal

Atomic power engineers in Iran have started redesigning a partly constructed reactor in the northwest city of Arak to limit the amount of plutonium it produces, the country’s top nuclear official said Wednesday, expressing hope that the change would help alleviate Western objections that the plutonium could be used in weapons. The official, Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of the ... Read More »

Russian and Ukraine troops battle in south, prompting fears that invasion has begun

Fighting between the Ukrainian military and what Ukrainian and Western officials say are Russian troops worsened early Thursday, prompting fears in Ukraine that a Russian invasion of their territory has begun. Ukrainian officials say Ukrainian troops are continuing to battle combined Russian and separatist forces on a new southern front around the border town of Novoazovsk, east of Crimea on ... Read More »

‘Geography can be tough’: Canadian Twitter account pokes fun at Russian soldiers’ claims

Reuters reported Wednesday that Russian soldiers have been traveling into Ukraine “by mistake.” But who among us hasn’t accidentally refused to stop and ask for directions and ended up in a war zone…wearing a uniform of an enemy combatant? Right? No? The Kiev government said they had been on a ‘special mission’ “linked to the pro-Russian separatist rebellions in the ... Read More »

NATO Plans More Visible Presence in Eastern Europe

Caught off guard by the crisis in Ukraine, NATO plans to create a “spearhead” rapid deployment force and a “more visible” presence in Eastern Europe to assuage concerns about Russian intentions, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the alliance’s secretary general, was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The United States, Germany and other key alliance members have signaled that they have no plans ... Read More »

More military exercises to kick off amid fears about Russia

Two large multinational exercises will kick off this week amid fears about a resurgent Russia, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Beginning Thursday, about 160 U.S. troops will participate in Combined Endeavor, an annual exercise that U.S. European Command described as “the largest command, control, communications and computers interoperability event in the world.” The Defense Department could not immediately provide the unit ... Read More »

Russian Soldiers in Ukraine Put Pressure on Putin

With evidence of Russian military activity in Ukraine piling up, how long can Moscow deny its involvement in the ongoing conflict? The frantic appeal to the Russian President came on Wednesday from a cramped and cluttered office in the city of Kostroma, about 200 miles northeast of Moscow, where the relatives of Russian prisoners of war had gathered to wait ... Read More »

U.S., China in Race to Develop Hypersonic Weapons

On the heels of reports that China had successfully completed a second ultra-high-speed missile flight test, the Defense Department announced on Aug. 25 that it had aborted a test of its own hypersonic weapon. The military is investigating the “anomaly” responsible for the test failure, but analysts told National Defense that the incident was not a major setback for the ... Read More »

China and Vietnam Call a Maritime Truce

An ongoing dispute over territorial rights in the South China Sea between China and Vietnam may have cooled, following a Wednesday Beijing meeting between both countries, according to reports in Chinese state-run media. “The visit is aimed at coming up with measures ‘to cool the situation,’” Le Hai Binh, spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Wednesday statement ... Read More »