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EU aviation agency issues warning over Russian ship-fired cruise missiles

Image from video reportedly showing a Russian ship launching a cruise missile.  / New China TV

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The EU’s aviation regulator has warned airlines of the potential danger of flying over Iran, Iraq, and the Caspian Sea after Russia fired cruise missiles at Syrian targets. The European Aviation […]

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‘Unprofessional’ Russia denies report of errant cruise missiles landing in Iran

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea began firing cruise missiles at targets in Syria on Oct. 7.

Special to After being slighted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter as “unprofessional,” Russia’s military jabbed at CNN professionalism after a report citing U.S. intelligence officials said that four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from warships in […]

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Putinmania: Popularity of ‘Putin the Shi’ite’ skyrockets in Iraq

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Special to Vladimir Putin’s cult of personality has reached Iraq. Some of the nation’s Facebook users have even replaced their own profile photos with portraits of “Putin the Shi’ite.” “We should give Putin Iraqi and Syrian citizenship because he […]

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Iraqi official: Baghdad may request Russian air strikes on ISIL

Hakim al-Zamili. / CBS

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iraqi lawmaker says Baghdad may soon request Russian air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group in Iraq. Hakim al-Zamili, the head of the Iraqi parliament’s […]

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Israel is still strongest military in region and can handle Russia’s incursion

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Norman Bailey Russia is exploiting Western weakness to strengthen its position in the Mediterranean, but Israeli interests are not necessarily threatened. Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion, signing huge aircraft sales […]

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Putin humiliates Obama’s America: From post-surge Iraq, ‘it’s come to this’

16 more months: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.  /AP/RIA Novosti

Special to With a year and a half left in the Obama presidency, Vladimir Putin is taking his humiliation of the American leader to the next level, writes columnist Charles Krauthammer. “Wouldn’t you take advantage of these last 16 […]

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Russia launches first strikes in Syria from warships

A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches a cruise missile.  /AP

Special to Russia escalated its military operations in Syria in a big way on Oct. 7 as it launched missiles from its warships in the Caspian Sea to support a ground offensive aimed at foes of Syrian President Bashar […]

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Cyber combat ops now seen as half-trillion dollar growth industry

Lugano, Switzerland

Special to The cost of cyber attacks reached one half trillion dollars globally last year with no end in sight, said former CIA analyst Jack Caravelli at a conference in Switzerland. An underground growth industry driven by the expanding […]

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Russian incursion could succeed where West failed: Uniting Syrian rebels

Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun during clashes with Assad regime forces in Idlib province.  /AFP

Special to Russia’s air strikes against anti-Assad regime rebels may have united Syrian rebel factions in a way the hesitant Obama administration never could. A group of 41 Syrian rebel factions, in a joint statement, condemned Moscow’s attacks on […]

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Report: Iraq would welcome Russian air strikes on ISIL targets

Russian SU-25.

Special to Baghdad has not formally requested Russian air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraqi territory but would welcome any such assistance, according to a report. A senior Iraqi diplomat told Air Force […]

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