Putin launches bid to rehabilitate Soviet legacy

Apr 7, 2016

Putin launches bid to rehabilitate Soviet legacy

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the creation of a national foundation to “popularize” history, a move widely seen as the Kremlin’s latest bid to rehabilitate the Soviet legacy. The new Fatherland History Foundation comes as Russian historians who criticize the role of ...

Apr 6, 2016

'Heart-eating' al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel killed: report

A Syrian fighter who appeared in a gruesome video cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it has been shot dead by rival rebels, a monitoring group said. Known by his nom de guerre “Abu Sakkar,” the rebel reportedly joined the ...

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Apr 6, 2016

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Rebels shot down a second Syrian warplane in less than a month on Tuesday and a monitoring group said they captured its pilot in an area near Aleppo where heavy fighting has erupted in recent days despite a cessation of hostilities agreement. The Syrian ...

Apr 4, 2016

Russian spokesman denies Putin's involvement in offshore accounts

The spokesman for Vladimir Putin has dismissed suggestions that the Russian president is involved in an offshore account scheme as a smear likely motivated by “Putinophobia.” Documents published by more than 100 media outlets alleged that Putin’s friends, including a leading cellist, were engaged ...

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

Apr 2, 2016

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

The U.S. administration is considering a plan to greatly increase the number of American special operations forces deployed to Syria as it looks to accelerate recent gains against the Islamic State group, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, with direct knowledge of the proposal’s ...

Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more to Syria than removing

Mar 31, 2016

Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more to Syria than removing

When Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of most of Russia’s military contingent from Syria there was an expectation that the Yauza, a Russian naval icebreaker and one of the mission’s main supply vessels, would return home to its Arctic Ocean port. Instead, three days ...