Wars and Military Conflicts


  • US strategy to defeat ISIS     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood, discusses President Obama's plan to battle ISIS, including engaging allies against ISIS.

  • Middle East: What's Obama's strategy?     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    Dr Mark McClelland, head of North America at Maplecroft, questions whether the U.S. has a long-term strategy in the Middle East and whether airstrikes will be sufficient to deal with the ISIL threat.

  • World Bank: 2.8% global growth is achievable     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:44 PM ET

    Kaushik Basu, Senior VP & Chief Economist at World Bank, says it lowered its global growth forecast due to geopolitical tensions. He later explains why U.S. engagement in Iraq is necessary.

  • Could the Iraq crisis fluster US stocks?     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:20 PM ET

    If the crisis in Iraq escalates and disrupts oil supplies, all bets could be off for Wall Street, says David Dietze, President and Chief Investment Strategist at Point View Wealth Management.

  • Thursday's address was 'classic Obama': Pro     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:16 PM ET

    While President Obama's speech signaled limited U.S. leadership in combating ISIS, it struck the right balance for the U.S. audience, says Firas Maksad, Managing Director of Global Policy Advisors.

  • It's decision time now for Obama on ISIS Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:19 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    While experts differed on what Obama should say, they cautioned against drawing any bright lines for future military involvement.

  • *Russia's United Aircraft Corporation on the sanctions list. BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, Sept 10- European Union envoys failed on Wednesday to reach a decision on whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over military involvement in the war in Ukraine and will meet for talks on Thursday, EU diplomats said.

  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine.

  • Branson pushes for peace in Ukraine     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group chairman & CEO, shares his thoughts on finding a peaceful solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

  • Merkel: Put new Russia sanctions into effect Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for the European Union to put new sanctions against Russia into effect immediately because peace plans for eastern Ukraine haven't yet been implemented fully. The EU has drawn up new measures against Russia over its actions in Ukraine but stopped short Monday of enforcing them immediately.

  • Official: Fighting in Iraq delays Iran gas exports Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 4:25 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran— The fighting between Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants will delay even further the planned start of Iranian natural gas exports to neighboring Iraq, Iran's oil minister was quoted as saying Wednesday.

  • Kerry arrives in Baghdad to build coalition against IS Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:58 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the Ukrainian crisis situation ahead of a disputed referendum in Crimea.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday as he began a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial support.

  • Global fears give Obama a wild card: NBC-WSJ poll Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 6:30 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    A new NBC-WSJ poll shows concerns over national security have hurt President Obama but present him with an opportunity, too.

  • US finalizing sanctions on Russia Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 2:11 PM ET

    The United States is putting the finishing touches on possible new sanctions on Russia's defense, energy and financial sectors.

  • More support for US action abroad: NBC/WSJ Poll Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 1:40 PM ET
    A fighter of the Islamic State stands guard near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014.

    The percentage of Americans who believe the United States should become more active in world affairs has increased, according to an NBC/WSJ poll.

  • NATO rattles cybersabers—but experts have doubts Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    NATO announced that a cyberattack against one of its members could trigger a military response, but experts say that's unlikely.

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 9- Chile's government said it would tighten security to avoid an escalation in violence and use the "full weight of the law" against those responsible for a bomb attack that wounded 14 on Monday.

  • This country may be Putin’s next target Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 10:16 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    This former Soviet state could be Russia's next goal, and it's a NATO member and is counting on the West, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • LONDON, Sept 9- Brent crude oil prices fell back below $100 per barrel on Tuesday in volatile trade, down for a fourth day and under pressure from strong supplies. However, the potential for disruption to production in Iraq where a violent insurgency by Islamic State continues has helped prevent further weakness.

  • The potential for supply disruption in Iraq where a violent insurgency by Islamic State continues has helped prevent further weakness. Brent was trading up 33 cents at $100.53 at 1135 GMT after ending the previous session 62 cents lower. On Monday, prices slid below $100 for the first time in more than 14 months and hit a low of $99.36- the weakest since May 1, 2013.