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White House Wars and Military Conflicts


  • Russia confirms it has begun bombing campaign in Syria Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Russia confirms it has begun bombing campaign in Syria

    Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon, comments on Russia's military strikes in the middle east and how it impacts broader markets, including crude oil prices

  • Russia begins Syria strikes: Reports Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 8:17 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015.

    The United States believes that Russia has started carrying out air strikes in Syria in the vicinity of Homs, a U.S. official told Reuters.

  • Why is Iraq ignoring US concerns about Russia? Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 7:53 AM ET
    Armed masked man in Syria

    Iraq is turning a blind eye to Russia's move into Syria despite US objections, says David Phillips.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— U.S. and Afghan officials pitched investors Wednesday on doing business on military airfields that NATO troops will withdraw from in Afghanistan, even as the Taliban insurgency rages on in the country. The American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan hosted the meeting in Dubai as Afghan forces aided by U.S. airstrikes targeted...

  • 16 Turkish workers kidnapped in Iraq are released Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 2:43 AM ET

    BAGHDAD— Sixteen Turkish workers kidnapped from a construction site in Baghdad and held for nearly a month were released on Wednesday, Turkey's prime minister and Iraqi officials said. In Baghdad, the spokesman for the city's military command, Brig. After their abduction, a video from a previously unknown militant group showed the hostages and demanded that...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- U.S. lawmakers unveiled a compromise version of the annual $612 billion defense authorization bill on Tuesday, but the measure includes provisions such as the use of war funds to avoid budget restrictions that could prompt a veto by President Barack Obama. The proposed National Defense Authorization Act also tightens restrictions on...

  • WASHINGTON— The U.S. government announced sanctions Tuesday against 25 people and five groups connected to the Islamic State, disclosing intelligence that depicts a sprawling international organization with tentacles across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Many of them reside outside the theaters of war in Iraq and Syria. The State Department designated...

  • Syria: Russia’s ticket back to the table? Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 6:19 AM ET

    Russia is re-positioning its role on the global stage via Syria, but whether the West is willing to applaud its new starring part remains to be seen.

  • *Taliban says sending in reinforcements. KABUL, Sept 29- Afghan forces backed by U.S. air support battled Taliban fighters for control of the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, after the militants seized a provincial capital for the first time since their ouster 14 years ago. Hundreds of Taliban prisoners escaped during the jail attack.

  • Russia ‘holds all the cards’ on Syria Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Russia ‘holds all the cards’ on Syria

    As Russia’s new coalition with the likes of Iraq and Iran; the nation will go ahead as planned with Syria, says Hannah Thoburn, adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute.

  • Is Putin trying to reset his global image? Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Is Putin trying to reset his global image?

    Hannah Thoburn, adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute, says Russian President, Vladimir Putin is using his UN summit speech as a ploy to get back into the international good graces.

  • KABUL, Sept 29- Afghan forces backed by U.S. air support clashed with Taliban fighters in Kunduz on Tuesday in a bid to retake the center of the northern city, the first provincial Afghan capital to fall to the insurgents since their movement was toppled 14 years ago. Hundreds of Taliban prisoners escaped during the jail attack. U.S. military planes struck Taliban...

  • The Syrian angle that Putin may be playing Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 1:49 PM ET
    Syrian opposition group attacks Daesh terrorists with heavy artillery in Titalyan village of Aleppo's Mari district on Aug. 27, 2015.

    Russia may hope that its deployment in Syria could result in an end of economic sanctions, though its ability to put force in the region is limited.

  • WASHINGTON— With no regular American presence in the war theater, the U.S. has struggled to answer basic intelligence questions about the situation in Syria and Iraq, including the Islamic State group's fighting strength. Central Command— have significantly diminished the threat from the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell in Syria that had planned attacks on...

  • This suggests Syria is not as bad as it could be Sunday, 27 Sep 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Soldiers on patrol in Syria.

    One indicator suggests conditions in Syria, while indeed dire, aren't perhaps as bad as they could be, at least not yet.

  • GEORGETOWN, Guyana— Guyana is conducting military exercises as relations with neighboring Venezuela sour over a border dispute. The exercises come days after Guyana President David Granger accused Venezuela of deploying troops to a border region. Venezuela has long claimed about 40 percent of Guyana's territory.

  • WASHINGTON— Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell praises Speaker Boehner, who is resigning, as' ally, friend'.

  • Wildlife park in Rwanda recovers 2 decades after genocide Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda— After Rwanda's 1994 genocide, returning refugees swept into the country's biggest national park with herds of cattle and wiped out the last lions. In many parts of Africa, conservation has suffered because of state corruption, lax law enforcement, porous national borders and conflicts that make it easier for gunmen to poach...

  • The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected arguments that Sudanese officials were not properly alerted to the plaintiffs' claims and that the assets of Sudan cannot be used to satisfy the judgment because the plaintiffs failed to get authorization from the Office of Foreign Assets Control or a statement from the Department of Justice.

  • 2 Al-Jazeera journalists pardoned, released in Egypt Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    CAIRO— President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned and released two Al-Jazeera English journalists Wednesday, ending a case that was widely condemned by human rights groups and had raised questions about Egypt's commitment to democracy and free speech. The move to free Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohammed came days...