Wars and Military Conflicts


  • Russia calls emergency UN meeting for cease-fire Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    Russia has called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to introduce a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine.

  • *Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia accused Ukrainian authorities on Monday of escalating violence against civilians in the rebel-held east of the country, even as it offered Kiev a brief respite in a dispute over billions of dollars' worth of unpaid gas bills.

  • NAIROBI, June 1- Recent bombings in Kenya have dented President Uhuru Kenyatta's plans to boost tourism and undermined his pledge to restore security after last year's Westgate shopping mall attack.

  • Captured US soldier was 'never forgotten': Obama Sunday, 1 Jun 2014 | 5:07 AM ET
    Jani Bergdahl makes a statement about the release of her son Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as her husband Bob Bergdahl and President Barack Obama listen.

    President Barack Obama appeared with the parents of a U.S. soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan, saying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was "never forgotten."

  • McDonald's to Thais: Stop hamburgling our arches Friday, 30 May 2014 | 10:32 AM ET
    Thai-army soldiers stand guard outside a McDonalds outlet ahead of a planned gathering in Bangkok on May 25, 2014.

    Thai anti-coup protesters have tacked the golden arches on signs and McDonald's could take action if they don't stop. NBC News reports.

  • Why Thailand shares are shaking off the coup Friday, 30 May 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    Anywhere but Thailand, a military coup combined with an economic contraction would spur a stock selloff, but shares there are surprisingly resilient.

  • President Obama announces America's combat mission in Afghanistan will be over by the end of this year. He outlines the United States' objectives going forward.

  • President Obama traveled to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend to thank serving men and women in uniform and deployed civilians. President Obama says America's longest war will come to a "responsible end" this year.

  • The general making waves in Libya: Who is he? Monday, 26 May 2014 | 4:53 PM ET
    A Libyan carries a portrait of retired general Khalifa Haftar during a rally in support of the rogue former general whose forces have launched a 'dignity' campaign to crush jihadist militias on May 23, 2014 in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

    General Khalifa Haftar, once scorned in the North African country, is now the man to watch, after starting a massive military offensive on May 16.

  • Obama promises year-end close to Afghanistan war Sunday, 25 May 2014 | 2:10 PM ET
    US President Barack Obama speaks during a surprise visit with US troops at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday.

    President Barack Obama is promising U.S. forces in Afghanistan that America's longest war will come to a close at the end of the year.

  • Thai coup adds to challenges for economy Saturday, 24 May 2014 | 9:01 AM ET
    Thai army soldiers secure the grounds of the venue for peace talks between pro- and anti-government groups on Thursday in Bangkok, a few hours before the army chief announced armed forces were seizing power.

    Thailand's economy was already struggling before the country's military seized power in a bloodless coup Thursday, saying it needed to restore order after six months of protests aimed at ousting the elected government.

  • Putin aide: Russia braced for more sanctions Friday, 23 May 2014 | 12:09 PM ET
    Pro-Russian armed militants stand guard at a barricade which faces a position manned by Ukrainian army soldiers near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, Donetsk region, on May 23, 2014.

    Russia has prepared a secret document detailing actions if Western nations impose further sanctions over Moscow's involvement in Ukraine.

  • This is not just another Thai coup: Expert     Friday, 23 May 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    Mark Thompson, director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at City University of Hong Kong, says that while military coups have been a part of Thai political history, there is a threat of civil war hanging over the latest events.

  • Russia is ‘unpredictable’: Ukraine frontrunner Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:49 AM ET
    Petro Poroshenko

    Oligarch Petro Poroshenko is likely to win Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday, but has told CNBC that Russia might not accept the results.

  • Would you still travel to Thailand? Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 10:05 PM ET
    Thai army soldiers at the venue for peace talks between pro- and anti-government groups on May 22 in Bangkok following the announcement of a coup.

    With Thailand in the midst of a military coup d'etat, would you still vacation in the country?

  • Intel attends SPIEF despite US pressure Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 7:17 AM ET
    The Intel booth at the CEATEC Japan 2013 exhibition in Chiba City

    Intel was present at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia's top business summit, despite pressure from the U.S. to veto the event.

  • Ukraine lacks the clout to tackle Russia: Ex-PM Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 5:43 AM ET

    Embattled Ukraine lacks “the power or the possibility” to stand up to Russia at present, Ukraine’s former prime minister told CNBC.

  • Ukraine must work with Russia: President candidate Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 4:30 AM ET
    An election official sorts through a pile of 'yes' votes for independence for eastern Ukraine.

    Embattled Ukraine should be open to working with Russia as well as Europe and the U.S., according to a Ukrainian presidential candidate.

  • Kids today too fat to fight? Retired leaders worry Saturday, 17 May 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    An officer inspects Marine recruits during boot camp on February 26, 2013, at Parris Island, S.C.

    Some of high-ranking retired military brass are advocating for a radical way to bolster national security: Improve the fitness of children

  • We think of the military as getting more high-tech, but soldiers on the ground will still play a key role in fighting. CNBC's Allison Linn explains why military leaders are worried that there won¿t be enough physically fit recruits to serve the U.S. in the future.