Wars and Military Conflicts


  • ISIS smashes Iraq artifacts; BBC names 'Jihadi John' Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 12:49 PM ET
    In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants attack ancient artifacts with sledgehammers in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

    The Islamic State has released a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq.

  • Naftogaz CEO on Russia and pre-paid gas  Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    Discussing its situation with Russia over gas supplies, Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogaz, says they always kept a certain amount of pre-paid gas, during the winter season, at the volume they felt was appropriate.

  • Journalist to face court after Paris drone incident Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:21 AM ET

    PARIS— An Al-Jazeera journalist will face court for illegally flying a drone in Paris, amid a spate of drone flyovers that have confounded French authorities amid heightened security concerns. The Paris prosecutor's office says three journalists for Qatar- based broadcaster Al-Jazeera were released Thursday, a day after they were detained.

  • Ukraine currency in limbo after central bank u-turn Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:56 AM ET

    Ukraine came under greater economic pressure after unexpectedly banning most currency trading and then abruptly reversing course.

  • Iran blows up mock US warship in defense drill Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:27 PM ET
    In this picture released by the Iranian Tasnim news agency on Feb. 25, 2015, a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier is exploded by the Revolutionary Guard's speedboats during large-scale naval drills near the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Iran.

    During war games, Iran state TV shows missiles hitting a full-scale model of U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. USA Today reports.

  • *Ukraine says it is too early to follow suit. *Ukraine reverses currency trading halt. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- Ukraine came under greater economic pressure after unexpectedly banning most currency trading and then abruptly reversing course, wreaking havoc on the hryvnia, just as a truce in the east took hold on Wednesday with no combat fatalities reported.

  • Iran's Revolutionary Guard launched a large-scale naval and air defense drill near the strait of Hormuz on Wednesday.

  • It is sponsored by the federal Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the largest of more than a dozen such exercises held in cities around the country over the last several years, Mayor Steven Fulop said. The location of the conference, at the Goldman Sachs building that dominates the waterfront across the...

  • *Ukraine says it too early to follow suit. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- A long-awaited truce took hold at last in east Ukraine on Wednesday, with the army reporting no combat fatalities for the first time in weeks, but the news did nothing to halt a currency collapse that forced the central bank to ban most trading. In rebel-held eastern Ukraine, rebels were...

  • Williams and O'Reilly cases diverge Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:10 AM ET

    That's what Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly have in common as each man is besieged with questions about his credibility. NBC News suspended Williams for incorrectly saying he rode in a helicopter hit by an enemy grenade while reporting in Iraq in 2003. O'Reilly, Fox News Channel's prime-time star, is accused of claiming he had reported in a combat zone for CBS...

  • France to begin arms shipments to Lebanon in April Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 4:01 AM ET

    PARIS— France says it will begin shipping $3 billion worth of weapons paid for by Saudi Arabia to the Lebanese army in April. The Defense Ministry says in a statement Wednesday that the deal, first announced in 2013, will supply French armored vehicles, warships, attack helicopters, munitions and communications gear. The deal aims to boost Lebanon's military as...

  • BLOOMINGTON, Minn.— The Mall of America has provided a rare glimpse into security at the nation's busiest shopping center after an online video purportedly produced by a terrorist group urged extremists to attack shopping malls in Western countries. The Bloomington megamall has some 40 million visitors each year and the behind-the-scenes steps taken to...

  • Is Ukraine about to run out of money?  Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    If the International Monetary Fund (IMF) doesn't disperse money to Ukraine soon, will the country run out of money? Dmytro Shymkiv, deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine, doesn't think so.

  • U.S. 'must do more' to crack down on ISIS  Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:20 AM ET

    The West has failed to come up with a clear strategy to deal with ISIS, argues Ron Wahid, CEO of Arcanum Global Intelligence.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate's top Republican shifted tactics Tuesday to try to free up stalled legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security in advance of a Friday midnight deadline. "But... we can't do that until we fully fund the Department of Homeland Security. Tuesday's developments did little to clear up the impasse over immigration that is...

  • Kiev 'cannot withdraw' heavy weapons amid attacks Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 3:15 AM ET
    A Ukrainian personnel carrier travelling towards Debaltseve, Ukraine on February 15, 2015

    Kiev accused pro-Russian rebels of opening fire with rockets and artillery at villages in southeastern Ukraine, all but burying a week-old cease-fire.

  • This is Putin's objective in Ukraine: Expert Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 3:22 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

    This is what Putin wants to accomplish in Ukraine, and it's beginning to look like that may happen, a military expert says.

  • NEW YORK— The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority backed a series of terrorist attacks in the early 2000 s in Israel that killed or wounded Americans, a U.S. jury found Monday in awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages at a high-stakes civil trial. The case has been viewed as the most notable attempts by American victims...

  • Some Russian-European ties are growing closer Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 12:32 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, January 15, 2015 in Moscow.

    Russia’s relationship with the European establishment is at its worst for decades. However, ties with some European parties are getting stronger.

  • Ex-Lithuanian PM: West must step up  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    Speaking to CNBC, the former Lithuanian Prime Minister, Andrius Kubilius, said the West must take responsibility for halting further aggressions by Putin and pro-Russian forces in Ukraine.