Wars and Military Conflicts


  • BEIRUT, Aug 27- Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday.

  • Russian soldiers' capture clouds Putin-Poroshenko talks Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 2:08 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Aug. 26, 2014.

    Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels.

  • Putin is ready for a big fight: Expert     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:45 PM ET

    Colin Chapman, President of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, outlines the motives behind Russia's military buildup in eastern Ukraine.

  • Ex-ambassador: Ukraine crisis will persist     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    John Herbst, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, says Russia is likely to continue creating instability in Ukraine amid Europe's reluctance to take on a strong stance.

  • Poroshenko must not give up on Crimea: Pro     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    Kurt Volker, Executive Director at McCain Institute, explains why it's important for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to insist on taking Crimea back during talks with Russia.

  • Can Gaza's latest peace deal last?     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    Firas Maksad, Managing Director at Global Policy Advisors, says war fatigue could prevent an outbreak of new fighting, but warns that regional dynamics may complicate the situation.

  • What millionaire investors are worried about Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    Wealthy investors have grown more pessimistic about the economy this summer, with many citing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine as potential hazards, a survey finds.

  • Obama warns defeating ISIS won't be quick Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 3:43 PM ET
    President Obama during a White House press conference on Aug. 18, 2014

    President Barack Obama warned that destroying "a cancer" like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham will not be easy, reports NBC News.

  • Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended cease-fire Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:16 PM ET
    A Palestinian woman takes some of her belongings from her partially destroyed home across the street from where a high rise apartment building in Gaza City was targeted by Israeli airstrikes, Aug. 26, 2014.

    A cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza went into effect Tuesday.

  • ISTANBUL/ BEIRUT, Aug 26- As Islamic State insurgents threaten the Turkish border from Syria, Turkey is struggling to staunch the flow of foreign jihadists to the militant group, having not so long ago allowed free access to those who would join its neighbour's civil war.

  • Russia and Ukraine leaders hold rare talks     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    Donald Jensen, Johns Hopkins University, says there is slim hope Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will make progress when they meet in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday to talk about the deteriorating situation in Eastern Ukraine.

  • Russia hikes inflation forecast, cuts 2015 growth Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 5:46 AM ET

    Russia's Economy Ministry raised its 2014 inflation forecast and cut the growth forecast for 2015 on Tuesday.

  • Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 5:26 AM ET

    Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss.

  • China deploys armed drone to multinational drills Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    Analysts say that although China still trails the U.S. and Israel, the industry leaders, its technology is maturing rapidly and is on the cusp of widespread use for surveillance and combat strikes.

  • Founded in Gaza in 1987, Hamas now stretches across region. JERUSALEM/ GAZA, Aug 25- Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

  • Why Ukraine-Russia talks won't yield results     Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 10:11 PM ET

    Christian Whiton, Principal at DC International Advisory, says the controversy over Russia's aid convoy has made a reconciliation between Russia and Ukraine less likely.

  • Ukraine parliamentary election set for October 26 Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 9:52 PM ET
    Petro Poroshenko

    President Petro Poroshenko dissolved Ukraine's parliament on Monday and announced an election on October 26.

  • Obama won't consider troops in Iraq: Pro     Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 7:43 PM ET

    Willis Sparks, Director, Global Macro at Eurasia, says Obama is more likely to stick with drone strikes instead of installing American troops in Iraq.

  • Egypt, UAE carry out secret airstrikes in Libya Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 1:52 PM ET
    Militants of Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition make an appearance at the entrance of the International Tripoli Airport after seizing the control of the airport after a month-long battle in Tripoli, Libya on August 24, 2014.

    Egypt and the Emirates acted without informing Washington or seeking its consent, U.S. officials say. The NYT reports.

  • Ukraine & Russia talks: Don't get your hopes up Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 11:45 AM ET
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko sings the national anthem during the Independence Day military parade, in Kiev, Aug. 24, 2014.

    Tuesday talks may look like a move toward a solution to the war in Ukraine, but experts aren't hopeful.