1. Analysis Confirms Suspicions Assad Helped Islamic State

    Analysis of Syrian counterterrorism operations confirms the regime is avoiding fighting the Islamic State.

    Analysis from the Jane's Information Group released earlier this week confirms suspicions that the forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have mostly left the Sunni radicals of the Islamic State to their own devices…
  1. Military Activity in Eastern Europe Surges Amid Ukraine Crisis

    NATO expands its presence in Eastern Europe in response to “unprecedented” Russian military activity.

    Russia's former satellite states in Eastern Europe have seen a surge in military activity on and near their territory in recent months as East-West tensions show no sign of abating. Poland's defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, complained on Thursday of…
  1. Lack of Maritime Patrol Aircraft Reinforces British Defense Flaws

    Lacking adequate anti-submarine capabilities of its own, Britain is forced to rely on allies.

    In 2012, a House of Commons Defense Committee meeting on future maritime surveillance discussed the threat posed by Russian intelligence gathering efforts against Britain's nuclear deterrent. The committee heard that the absence of a maritime patrol aircraft,…
  1. Britain to Set Up Permanent Middle East Base Again

    Britain sets up a military base in Bahrain, its first permanent presence in the Middle East in forty years.

    Britain is due to set up its first permanent military base in the Middle East in four decades, ministers announced on Friday. Under an agreement with the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain, facilities at Mina Salman will be expanded to accommodate aircraft carriers, destroyers…
  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…