China slams U.S. for 'militarizing' South China Sea

Jul 31, 2015

China slams U.S. for 'militarizing' South China Sea

China’s Ministry of National Defense on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea’s waters, islands and reefs. Spokesman Yang Yujun’s remarks were prompted by comments ...

Jul 31, 2015

At long last, the U.S. understands Vietnam

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Finally U.S. and Australian policymakers are realizing what they should have known all along — that they can take advantage of Hanoi's traditional dislike of China to counter what they see as Beijing's expansionist threat in the East and South China Seas.

Iraqi militias train teens to face the threat of the Islamic State

Jul 29, 2015

Iraqi militias train teens to face the threat of the Islamic State

A quiet middle-class Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad was transformed recently into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State group. The Shiite boys and young men, some as young as 15, ran through its normally placid streets carrying out mock ...

Jul 28, 2015

NATO backs Turkey's fight against Islamic State

NATO offered political support for Turkey’s campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting Tuesday, and President Tayyip Erdogan signaled the alliance may have a “duty” to become more involved. Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO allies in Brussels ...