China stages war games days ahead of Taiwan inauguration

May 18, 2016

China stages war games days ahead of Taiwan inauguration

China is staging joint war games featuring mock beach landing, helicopter assaults and tank battles along its east coast facing Taiwan, just days before the inauguration of the self-governing island’s new independence-leaning president. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday the air, land and sea drills ...

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

May 18, 2016

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

Russia has built a military encampment inside a zone that holds the UNESCO world heritage site in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, where Islamic State militants were driven out recently by pro-government forces. The Russian military described the camp Tuesday as “temporary,” saying ...

Hezbollah says Sunni extremists killed military chief in Syria

May 15, 2016

Hezbollah says Sunni extremists killed military chief in Syria

Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah on Saturday blamed Sunni extremists for killing its top military commander in Syria and vowed to keep fighting to defend President Bashar Assad’s regime. The Islamist State (IS) jihadi group, meanwhile, briefly overran a government-controlled hospital in the eastern ...