U.S. officer remembered 30 years after Soviet shooting

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. officer remembered 30 years after Soviet shooting

The Soviets demanded to see U.S. Col. Roland Lajoie. As chief of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission in West Berlin in 1985, Lajoie regularly sent intelligence-gathering patrols into communist East Germany and confrontations were not unusual. This time was worse. a Soviet sentry had ...

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes 'imminent': diplomat

Mar 24, 2015

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes "imminent": diplomat

Iraq’s request to the U.S.-led coalition for airstrikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is “imminent,” a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition said Tuesday. If the coalition accepts the request, it would see ...

Mar 24, 2015

Islamic State has recruited 400 kids since January: Syria monitor

Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called “Cubs of the Caliphate” military training and hard-line indoctrination, a monitoring group said Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all aged ...

Mar 24, 2015

Canada to extend anti-Islamic State mission, strike targets in Syria

Canada’s prime minister will announce a one-year extension of its military mission against the Islamic State group and expand it to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, a senior government official said Monday. The official said Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce the extension ...

As U.S. exits Yemen, foes square off amid Saudi-Iran rivalry

Mar 24, 2015

As U.S. exits Yemen, foes square off amid Saudi-Iran rivalry

Yemen’s top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighboring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war. With President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city ...

Iran's 'empire' grows ahead of nuclear deal

| Mar 24, 2015

Iran's 'empire' grows ahead of nuclear deal

With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unfettered to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq ...

Fear of IS drives Shiite Afghans to seek Taliban aid

Mar 23, 2015

Fear of IS drives Shiite Afghans to seek Taliban aid

Even by Afghanistan’s standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary. The Hazaras — a largely Shiite minority killed in their thousands during the Taliban’s hard-line ...

| Mar 23, 2015

U.S., China face off over South Korea missile plan

The U.S. and China are squaring off over deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea, the latest source of tension between the world’s two biggest economies as they vie for influence in Asia. The U.S. is considering placing a THAAD ballistic missile defense ...