NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

Sep 2, 2014

NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the alliance’s secretary general said Monday. “The Readiness Action ...

Sep 2, 2014

Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at U.S.

Cuban ex-President Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance’s representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island’s communist ...

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Sep 2, 2014

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a “great war” that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the ...

Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine

Aug 28, 2014

Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine

The battle for Ukraine’s strategic coastline heated up Wednesday as a local mayor reported that pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeast Ukraine after three days of heavy shelling. Novoazovsk, a resort town of 40,000 on the Sea of Azov, lies in ...

NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'

| Aug 22, 2014

NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'

by Peter Apps

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe, Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different from those of the latter half of the 20th century. The West then was ...

Attack at Afghan base kills U.S. soldier, wounds 15

Aug 5, 2014

Attack at Afghan base kills U.S. soldier, wounds 15

A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on foreign troops at a military base, killing at least one U.S. soldier and wounding 15, including a German brigadier general and “about a dozen” Americans, authorities said. Details about the attack at ...

Jul 30, 2014

Japan wants France-Russia warship deal quashed

The government on Tuesday expressed “strong concern” about the planned sale of French helicopter carriers to Russia, joining some EU countries in opposing the deal as the West believes Russia has failed to meet international demands to end violence in Ukraine. President Francois Hollande ...

After Crimea, U.S. trains elite troops in Europe

Jun 11, 2014

After Crimea, U.S. trains elite troops in Europe

As NATO refocuses on its eastern borders after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the United States is quietly deploying more troops to train special forces in former Soviet bloc states anxious about Moscow’s intentions. Major exercises began last month in Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic ...