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ISIL receives planeloads of arms at northern Iraq airport

Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers. Hakim Zalmi, chairman of parliament’s Defense and […]

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Ukraine appeals to Israel, U.S. for assistance on unconventional warfare

Oleh Mahnitskiy in London. / Andrew Winning / Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Ukraine has reached out to Israel military for discussions on military training as it faces an unremitting challenge from Moscow-backed rebels. Officials said Kiev has invited Israel to provide training for Ukraine’s military and security […]

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Gorbachev blames West for post-Cold War monopoly leadership


Special to By Miles Yu, On the joyous occasion of the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev made a highly-charged speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Nov. 8, which […]

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Multiple Russian intrusions seen as test of NATO warning system


Special to By Miles Yu, In its most provocative maneuver since the end of the Cold War, Russia dispatched waves of combat aircraft in a bid to penetrate NATO member states’ air space. No fewer than 26 Russian […]

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As U.S. shifts toward Iran, Bahrain turns to Russia for arms


Special to ABU DHABI — Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, is preparing for the delivery of Russian weapons. Bahrain began to examine a rapprochement with Russia in 2012 in wake of U.S. weapons sanctions over its […]

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Russian spy plane enters Estonia airspace, triggers NATO alert


Special to By Miles Yu, Estonia, a NATO member state, is demanding an explanation from Moscow over an incident last week involving a Russian intelligence-gathering aircraft. The plane flew unannounced into Estonian airspace, provoking an emergency scramble by […]

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Moscow, Amsterdam in heated dispute over submarine sightings


Special to By Miles Yu, Russia and the Netherlands have accused each other of sending a submarine into Swedish territorial waters. On Oct. 17, the Swedish military launched a massive search for a mysterious foreign submarine in its […]

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Report: Russia, Iran running joint war room in Iraq against ISIL

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft. /  Vyacheslav / AFP via Getty Images

Special to NICOSIA — Iran and Russia were said to have been operating a war room in Iraq to block Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Lebanese daily Al Mustaqbal reported that Iran and Russia were operating a […]

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From one in the know: Snowden is a traitor and likely ‘agent of Vladimir Putin’


Special to Brett M Decker, Radix Charlie Speight is a retired executive from the National Security Agency, which he joined in 1975. During his time at the NSA, he was a National Intelligence Officer, analyst, watch officer, operational staff […]

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Putin exploits latest Biden gaffe, offers helping hand to Turkey

Special to By Miles Yu, When U.S. Vice President openly chastised Turkey for allowing foreign militant fighters to cross its territory into Syria to join Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), President Vladimir Putin of Russia picked […]

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