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Senators spar over ISIS approach

A pair of senators sparred Sunday over President Obama’s approach to Islamic extremism in the Middle East, highlighting the difficult task facing the administration as it tries to strike a balance between its military and diplomatic response to the rising threat. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who voted last Thursday in favor of granting Obama new powers to train Syrian rebels ... Read More »

Senate Panel Approves Bill to Authorize Military Aid to Ukraine, New Sanctions

A Senate panel wants to slap sanctions on Russian defense firms while also authorizing the Obama administration to send lethal military aid to Ukraine. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday approved a measure crafted by its chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., its ranking member, aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow over its invasion of ... Read More »

Ads show terrorism, national security as rising 2014 concern

NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, R-Oregon, told reporters Friday at a roundtable hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that it was too soon to tell if national security could overtake the economy as the top voter concern in 2014. “I don’t know that I can answer that at this point,” he said, adding a rise in polling on the issue makes ... Read More »

Arab Countries Carve Out Role in Anti-Terror Fight

Arabian Gulf countries, apart from using their bases for coalition forces to conduct military action against Islamic State militants, will play a major role in the fight against the group by cutting its terrorist financing and presenting a counter narrative to Islamic State leaders. The Jeddah Communique Coalition, formed to battle Islamic State militants, has been growing, however, Gulf Cooperation ... Read More »

Though Adversaries on the Surface, U.S. and Hezbollah Share a Goal

They are sworn enemies who insist they will never work together, but in practice, Hezbollah and the United States are already working — separately — on a common goal: to stop the extremist Islamic State from moving into Lebanon, where Hezbollah is the most powerful military and political player and currently shares with Washington an interest in stability. Weeks after ... Read More »

New research center to produce lasers, advanced detectors for IDF

The Defense Ministry has selected the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, as the locations for a national research center for future military technologies. At a cost of $50 million, the Defense Ministry’s Defense Research and Development Directorate will set up the National Center for the Research and Development of advanced Photonics. The center will pave ... Read More »

Israel Establishing National Cyber Defense Authority

Israel will launch a national cyber defense authority to defend civilians against cyber threats. The authority, which was announced at the regular weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, will act alongside the National Cyber Bureau, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. Eviatar Matania, the head of the National Cyber Bureau, will lead its establishment, according to the statement. Prime ... Read More »

Turks Praise Spanish Patriot Deployment

Turkey’s government and military have welcomed a decision by NATO ally Spain to station a squadron of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems and send 130 servicemen to Turkey. A senior diplomat said the decision denoted critical help from an ally at a most critical time. “Our southern [Syrian] and southeastern [Iraqi] borders are under serious threat, and the deployment will help ... Read More »

Russian peace march draws tens of thousands in support of Ukraine

A march for peace in Ukraine drew tens of thousands to downtown Moscow Sunday in a show of protest against Russia’s involvement in the conflict. The demonstration drew a mixed crowd of old and young, families and organized factions, who walked the route chanting songs and slogans — the most common being a simple, “No to war.” “This march is ... Read More »

Ukraine Says It Won’t Pull Back Troops Until Rebels Cease Fire

Less than a day after the latest moves to reduce tensions in Ukraine, the efforts were dealt a blow as Kiev said Sunday it wouldn’t proceed with a withdrawal of heavy weaponry from war-torn provinces of eastern Ukraine until rebels there abide by a cease-fire signed earlier this month. The announcement came after the two sides agreed early on Saturday ... Read More »

Ukraine crisis: Forgotten death of Russian soldier

A thousand miles from Moscow, on a wooden bench in the yard of her parents’ house, Oksana shares memories of her brother Konstantin. She shows me the medal he’d been awarded for military service in the North Caucasus; some of his army photos, too, including a portrait on a military pendant. “This is the image we’re going to use on ... Read More »

Following ‘No’ Vote, UK Sorts Out Scotland’s Defense Future

The sigh of relief from the Defence Ministry was almost audible as it became clear in the early hours of Sept. 19 that Scottish voters had decisively rejected breaking up the 307-year-old political union with the rest of the United Kingdom. No heated negotiations over moving Britain’s submarine nuclear deterrent from its base on the Clyde near Glasgow, no haggling ... Read More »

NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire ‘in name only’

NATO’s top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country’s east is a “cease-fire in name only,” and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine. U.S. Air Force ... Read More »

China and Iran to Conduct Joint Naval Exercises in the Persian Gulf

Two Chinese warships have docked at Iran’s principal naval port for the first time in history, Iranian admirals told state television on Sunday, adding that both countries would conduct four days of joint naval exercises. On Sunday, Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, reported that Chinese Navy ships involved in protecting shipping in the Gulf of Aden stopped at an ... Read More »

Hong Kong Students Lead Democracy Fight With Class Boycotts

College freshman Joshua Wong skipped his campus tour last month to conduct an orientation of his own: leading hundreds of young people marching for greater democracy in Hong Kong. This week, the 17-year-old churchgoer is among thousands of students boycotting classes to protest an electoral proposal from China’s Communist Party that they say doesn’t grant a genuine choice in the ... Read More »