Peacekeepers should make greater use of drone imagery, says U.N. panel

Feb 24, 2015

Peacekeepers should make greater use of drone imagery, says U.N. panel

A United Nations panel assessing the future technological needs of peacekeeping missions has recommended dramatically expanding the use of unmanned surveillance drones in U.N. military operations, the head of the panel said on Monday. Jane Holl Lute, who was previously U.S. deputy secretary for ...

Russia 'cynical' on Ukraine cease-fire: Britain

Feb 24, 2015

Russia 'cynical' on Ukraine cease-fire: Britain

Britain on Monday criticized Russia for failing to enforce the terms of a tattered truce in eastern Ukraine in the face of ongoing attacks by pro-Russian separatists. “I have to say from the experience of the last 10 to 12 days, the Russian engagement ...

Mariupol: Ukraine port city that could open Russia's way to Crimea

Feb 24, 2015

Mariupol: Ukraine port city that could open Russia's way to Crimea

A strategic port of some 500,000 residents before the Ukraine crisis, Mariupol is the largest remaining government-held city in east Ukraine’s conflict zone and seen as a likely target for any new pro-Russian rebel offensive. Fighting has rumbled on around the city since it ...

Kiev says it can't withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Feb 23, 2015

Kiev says it can't withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Ukraine’s military said Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east as required under a tenuous cease-fire because pro-Russian separatists who advanced last week were still attacking its positions. A truce to end fighting that has killed ...

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

Feb 23, 2015

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter vowed Monday the “lasting defeat” of the Islamic State group as he summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort against the jihadis. Only days after taking office, Carter convened the extraordinary meeting of more ...

French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations

Feb 23, 2015

French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations

France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State in Iraq, a French army source said Monday. “The carrier and its naval group has officially started missions as part of its Chammal operation in Iraq,” the source said, referring to ...

West raises warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

Feb 23, 2015

West raises warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

The West sounded more forceful warnings over Ukraine’s battered truce Sunday as fighting raged around the port city of Mariupol and the warring sides wrangled over withdrawing heavy weapons. The volatility was underlined by a bomb blast in the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv ...