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International Russian Military Escalates Provocation Campaign in Europe Fresh from leading the Swedish Navy on a cat-and-mouse chase through the Stockholm archipelago for a mystery submarine, Russian armed forces have been out a series of provocative air force maneuvers near NATO territory. Twenty-six Russian planes — everything from bombers to tankers to refueling planes — […]
International Charting the murky leadership structure of the Islamic State While it’s tempting to imagine them as a disorganized horde, the reality of the Islamic State — the extremist Islamist group who have taken over vast swathes of Syria and Iraq — is that the sheer scale of their military operations, not to mention their […]
International The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, […]
International Children of the Caliphate They stand in the front row at public beheadings and crucifixions held in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria. They’re used for blood transfusions when Islamic State fighters are injured. They are paid to inform on people who are disloyal or speak out against the Islamic State. They are […]
International Marines and Brits leave Taliban Stronghold President Barack Obama marked a milestone Sunday on the way to one of the most important, controversial, and riskiest promises of his presidency: winding down the American-led coalition’s combat role in Afghanistan in preparation for ending the long war there next year. American and British combat operations formally […]