1. Assad Hails “Turning Point” in War as Rebels Advance on Latakia

    While opposition fighters advance on his Alawite homeland, the Syrian leader nevertheless claims victory is within reach.

    Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that the civil war in his country was at a "turning point." At the same time, opposition fighters were advancing on his Alawite homeland in the northwest of Syria. Speaking at Damascus University, Assad "pointed out that there…
  1. Fears of Invasion Mount as Russian Troops Amass on Ukraine’s Border

    With Russian troops amassing on Ukraine’s borders, a deeper incursion into its territory seems possible.

    With up to forty thousand Russian troops believed to be positioned in the Crimea and on Ukraine's eastern frontier, it seems possible the country is preparing to expand its intervention in its former satellite state. According to The…
  1. Lithuania, Poland to Revive Joint Military Brigade with Ukraine

    Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea prompts the three former Soviet satellite states into action.

    In response to Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea, Lithuania and Poland agreed on Thursday to revive a joint military brigade with the country and deepen defense cooperation. The three former Soviet satellite states agreed as early as 2007 to erect a multinational unit…
  1. Ukraine Fears Invasion as Russia Stages Military Drills on Border

    Russia stages large military exercises on Ukraine’s border as Germany warns of “catastrophe” unless it withdraws.

    Russia staged massive military exercises near Ukraine's border on Thursday in what authorities there feared could be a precursor to another attack. Andriy Parubiy, the head of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, which advises the country's…
  1. Russia Undeterred by NATO Deployments in Eastern Europe

    The alliance is deploying reconnaissance and fighter planes to reassure its Eastern European member states.

    NATO announced on Monday it will deploy reconnaissance planes in Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis in neighboring Ukraine but the move looks unlikely to deter Russia from continuing to annex that country's…
  1. Congress, Pentagon Tussle Over Defense Spending Priorities

    Republicans in Congress are critical of defense cuts but they themselves imposed limitations on the military’s budget.

    Defense secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, America's military chief, faced skeptical lawmakers last week after they had unveiled their department's spending plans for the next year. Yet those…
  1. Russia Expands Crimea Occupation, Ukrainian Forces Mobilize

    Russian forces appear to be tightening their grip on the Crimean Peninsula as Ukrainian troops mobilize in response.

    Defying calls from Western powers to deescalate its intervention in the Crimea, Russia appeared to be expanding its military presence there on Saturday when Ukrainian army units were also mobilized across the country. A massive column…
  1. Putin Denies Russian Troops in Crimea, Says Force “Last Resort”

    The Russian leader denies that his soldiers have taken control of Ukraine’s Crimea, saying force would be a “last resort.”

    Breaking days of silence since his forces entered Ukraine's Crimea last week, Russian president Vladimir Putin denied in a news conference on Tuesday that the soldiers there were Russian. The uniformed troops, who carried no…