1. Northern Europe Strengthens Defense Cooperation Against Russia

    Britain, the Baltic and Nordic countries step up intelligence sharing and crossborder air force training.

    Defense ministers from eight northern European countries agreed on Thursday to expand cooperation in order to counter an increase in Russian incursions of their airspace. Meeting in Oslo, the ministers from the three Baltic states, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom agreed to do…
  1. West Sees Russian Troops Enter Ukraine, Fears Mariupol Attack

    NATO observes Russian military equipment moving into Ukraine, possibly to support an attack on Mariupol.

    NATO said on Wednesday it had observed columns of Russian military equipment entering southeastern Ukraine since the beginning of the week while the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe feared an assault on the Ukrainian port city of…
  1. Obama Announces Offensive Against Islamic State

    The president says sending additional troops signifies a shift from a defensive to an offensive strategy.

    President Barack Obama said on Sunday sending an additional 1,500 American troops into Iraq signified a shift from a defensive to an offensive strategy against the radical Islamist group that calls itself the Islamic State. In an interview with CBS News' Face the Nation,…
  1. Libya Edges Closer to Splitting in Two

    The eastern and western halves of Libya look more and more like separate countries.

    Libya edged closer to splitting up on Thursday when its supreme court decreed the dissolution of the internationally-recognized parliament in Tobruk in favor of a rival legislature in the old capital, Tripoli. The court, which still sits in Tripoli, failed to explain the reasoning…
  1. Renewed Fighting in Donbas as Russia, Ukraine Trade Barbs

    Both sides accuse the other of violating a ceasefire, leading to a new round of fighting in southeastern Ukraine.

    Ukraine accused its neighbor Russia on Friday of escalating the fighting in the Donbas region where pro-Russian separatists held an election last week that they say showed popular support for independence from Ukraine. An Ukrainian military spokesman said a column…
  1. Donbas’ Secession Looks Increasingly Permanent

    Continued Russian support and an election make it more difficult to reverse the Ukrainian region’s secession.

    Continued Russian support for the separatists in southeastern Ukraine appears to have frozen the conflict which could lead to the permanent, if internationally largely unrecognized, breakaway of the Donbas region. The Ukrainian military said on Sunday Russia continued…
  1. Poland to Shift Military Strength East in Response to Russia

    Poland is shifting its military strength to its eastern borders in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    Poland announced on Tuesday it will shift its military strength to its eastern borders with Belarus, Russia and Ukraine as a part a three year modernization plan that will also see defense spending rise to 2 percent of economic output. The shift…
  1. Repeating Vietnam: The Withdrawal from Afghanistan

    America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is eerily similar to the way it abandoned South Vietnam.

    As helicopters and planes lifted the last American and British forces out of Afghanistan's Helmand Province on Monday, the Reuters news agency cited one Marine captain of mixed Vietnamese descent saying the scene reminded him of…
  1. Syrian Rebels Find Evidence of Russian Presence in Army Base

    Rebels say they have found proof of a Russian intelligence or special forces presence in a Syrian army installation.

    Syrian rebels that overran an army installation overlooking the town of Al-Harra, west of the Golan Heights, appeared to have found evidence of Russian involvement in the conflict. In a…