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Russian Forces have Apparently Begun Fighting in Syria

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Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there said on Wednesday.

The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition they not be identified, gave the most forthright account yet from the region of what U.S. officials say


A Million N. Koreans Volunteer to Defend the Motherland


One million people have volunteered to defend North Korea if hostilities break out with South Korea, the country’s state media has reported.

The Korean Central News Agency claimed “young people across the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are turning out in the sacred war for defending the country


New Nuclear Threats From North Korea


North Korea has issued new nuclear threats to the US saying it will respond accordingly if Washington does not cancel military exercises with South Korea. Pyongyang says it is ready to use its latest weapons, which are “unknown to the world.”

A U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules aircraft leads a formation of F/A-18C Hornet


The US says it will defend Syrian rebels with air-power, even from Assad

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The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

The decision by President Barack Obama, which could deepen the U.S. role in Syria’s


U.S. Program to Train Syrian Rebels Slows to Crawl

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Program, launched in May, had been designed to train as many as 5,400 opposition fighters a year to battle the group.

The programme, which launched in May in Jordan and Turkey, was designed to train as many as 5,400 fighters a year

The US has only trained about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to


Is Assad Finally Glimpsing the End


As Isis surges ahead and the Syrian regime teeters on the brink of collapse, our Middle East correspondent, winner of the 2015 Orwell prize for journalism, reports on the deadly struggle for dominance in the region.

A Syrian rocket launcher shell on enemy positions in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. Photograph: EPA



China Insists War is Already Underway on the Internet


In a chilling memo released on Wednesday, the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, informed the world that, at least on the internet, China is at war.

The memo is called “Cybersovereignty Symbolizes National Sovereignty.”

PLA is not joking around

“The internet has become the main battlefront for struggle in the ideological area,”


Ukrainian Forces Left in “Zombie” State After Major Defeat


On a snowy, empty highway, a couple and their son emerge from weeks of hiding, wandering in a hungry daze. A rebel truck, mangled by a land mine, is blocking the road. Half a dozen Ukrainian corpses, several burned, lie in a ditch.

Pro-Russian rebels fire artillery rockets towards Debaltseve, near Vuglegirsk, Ukraine, on


Russian Backed Rebels Send Ukrainian Troops Running


Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers retreat from strategic town taken by pro-Russia separatists, leaving their dead and wounded comrades behind

Fatigue in retreat: Ukrainian servicemen sit on top of a tank near Artemivsk, as they withdraw from Debaltseve following a fierce offensive by Russian-backed separatists. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Fatigue in retreat: Ukrainian servicemen sit on


Bid to Arm Ukraine to Fight Russian-Backed Separatists Dividing NATO


President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are trying for a public display of unity despite a potential split over arming Ukrainian fighters to better battle Russian-backed separatists.

That was the unstated point of Monday’s meeting at the White House, where Merkel was to brief Mr. Obama on upcoming talks


Jordan Hell-Bent on Destroying ISIS Completely


AMMAN, Jordan — The United Arab Emirates said Saturday it ordered a squadron of F-16 fighters to Jordan, which an official said would participate in airstrikes on the Islamic State group after the UAE earlier suspended its involvement.

Demonstrators chant anti-ISIS slogans during a rally in Amman, Jordan February 6th.

The UAE fighter jets


Swedish Foreign Minister: War Between Russia and the West was now Quite Conceivable


That Angela Merkel has gone to Moscow speaks to the sudden gravity of the situation in east Ukraine

Angela Merkel arriving in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

In Brussels and other European capitals, the fear of Vladimir Putin is becoming palpable. The mood has changed in a matter of weeks from one of handwringing impotence


Danger Zone: U.S. Considering ¨Lethal¨ Aid to Ukraine

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The United States is now considering sending lethal aid to help the Ukrainian government fend off attacks from pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of Ukraine.

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This assistance would come in the form of so-called “defensive lethal aid,” which could include anti-tank, anti-air and anti-mortar systems.


ISIS Crippled, Struggling to Replenish Ranks


U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters having significant effect

Recent threats and hostage-taking by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are a reminder that the jihadist group still has the ability to scare foreign governments.

But despite its bluster, military analysts say the Sunni extremists known as ISIS are suffering on the battlefield.



U.S. Appeasement of Iran is Enabling Assad


President Obama’s decision, now essentially official*, to appease Iran by doing nothing to help thwart the Assad regime has dire consequences for Syria.

Tens of thousands of Syrians will continue to be slaughtered, many of them by barrel bombs dropped by planes the U.S. could have stopped from flying.

Samatha ( “A Problem From


U.S. General: Russian Drones Responsible for Heavy Casualties in Ukraine

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US has pledged to lead training exercises for Ukrainian troops to counter the Russian military.

Here’s a Geographical Reference for the Russia, Ukraine, Crimea Crisis

The commander of US forces in Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has said that Russian-backed militant forces in east Ukraine are gaining significant advantages from the use


1000 Killed Since Ukraine “Cease Fire”

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A new report issued by the United Nations show 13 people are killed per day in the ongoing conflict, despite the ceasefire implemented since September.

A rebel soldier walks through a destroyed war memorial.

A new report published Thursday by the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine shows that almost 1,000 people


U.S. Official´s Want to Send Troops to Fight ISIS

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General Martin Dempsey tells House committee that he would consider abandoning Obama’s pledge and send troops to fight Isis in Iraq


General Martin Dempsey and defense secretary Chuck Hagel testify before the House armed services committee about the ongoing fight against Isis. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


The top-ranking officer in the


Israel Blocking War Crimes Probe

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The Israeli government has announced that it is denying entry to members of the UN Human Rights Council commission charged with investigating war crimes committed during the summer Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Strip in Relation to Israel

The Foreign Ministry says they will not cooperate in any


Russia Sends 32 Tanks Over Border, Angela Merkel Not Amused

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German chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced “grave concern” over reports of a new Russian military incursion in east Ukraine.

Merkel has also called for fresh EU sanctions over rebel ‘elections’ in east Ukraine

Her office said, in a communique after Merkel spoke with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko by phone, that she: “expressed her grave


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