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Islamic State eliminates potential Iraq rivals

One night last week, Islamic State militants in an SUV with tinted windows pulled up at the home of a former Iraqi Army officer, one of the men they see as an obstacle to their goal of establishing a caliphate from Iraq to the Mediterranean. As the retired major general ...

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Jul 9, 2014

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Ukraine’s government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an “nasty surprise,” but the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion ...

U.S. nuclear force aging, neglected

Jul 9, 2014

U.S. nuclear force aging, neglected

The U.S. Air Force asserts with pride that America’s nuclear missile system is safe and secure. Designed to counter the now-defunct Soviet Union more than 40 years ago, none has ever been used in combat or launched accidentally. But it also admits there is ...

Kurds dream of independence amid Iraq chaos

Jul 8, 2014

Kurds dream of independence amid Iraq chaos

A grave, freshly dug and adorned with pebbles, is the modest tribute to one more sacrifice in the long history of struggle for an independent Kurdish state. Hogir Fathi was looking forward to home leave in his village in autonomous Kurdistan when the 24-year-old, ...

Putin silent on fighting in Slaviansk

Jul 8, 2014

Putin silent on fighting in Slaviansk

Three weeks before Ukraine’s army forced rebel fighters out of the strategic eastern city of Slaviansk, their commander made a desperate plea for military help from Russia. “A week will pass, two, three, maybe a month, and the rebellion’s best fighters will be bled ...

Jul 7, 2014

Merkel says U.S spying allegations are 'serious'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for U.S. intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear contradiction of what cooperation between partners is supposed to be about. The case risks further straining ...

Defector's trove of KGB files released

Jul 7, 2014

Defector's trove of KGB files released

The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage. Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who’s who of Soviet spying — were released Monday ...