May 25, 2015

About 100 U.S., European jets join Arctic exercise near Russia

About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 ...

U.S. defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

May 25, 2015

U.S. defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. The Islamic State group, which had already seized a strategically ...

May 25, 2015

Turkey agrees on 'deal' with U.S. for air support of Syrian rebels

The United States and Turkey have agreed “in principle” to give air support to some forces from Syria’s mainstream opposition, Turkey’s foreign minister said, in what if confirmed could mark an expansion of U.S. involvement in the conflict. There was no immediate comment from ...

May 25, 2015

Police destroy pressure cooker in suspicious vehicle near U.S. Capitol

A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a “suspicious” vehicle left unattended Sunday afternoon on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol building and the vehicle’s owner was located and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said. Police Lt. Kimberly A. ...

Syria 'accepting de facto partition' of country

| May 25, 2015

Syria 'accepting de facto partition' of country

Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the country’s de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadis, experts and diplomats say. The strategy was in evidence last week with the army’s retreat ...