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Eric Schmitt
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 9, 2023
Leaked documents reveal depth of U.S. spy efforts and Russia’s military struggles
The information, exposed on social media sites, also shows that U.S. intelligence services are eavesdropping on important allies.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 8, 2023
New batch of classified U.S. documents appear on social media sites
The scale of the leak — analysts say more than 100 documents may have been obtained — along with the sensitivity of the documents themselves, could be hugely damaging, U.S. officials said.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 7, 2023
Ukraine war plans leak prompts Pentagon investigation
The documents do not provide specific battle plans, but to the trained eye of a Russian war analyst, the documents no doubt offer many tantalizing clues.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 25, 2023
Conflict in Syria escalates following attack that killed a U.S. contractor
U.S. officials said the main air defense system at the coalition base was “not fully operational” at the time of the attack, which killed an American contractor.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Feb 18, 2023
Balloon crisis highlighted a split in China’s leadership, Pentagon official says
An assertion that Chinese leader Xi Jinping is suspicious of his military commanders is perhaps the strongest such public comment by a senior Biden administration official.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 3, 2023
Soaring death toll gives grim insight into Russian tactics
The slaughter from fighting in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut and the town of Soledar has ballooned what was already a heavy toll.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 29, 2023
To fix its problems in Ukraine, Russia turns to the architect of the war
Moscow still does not have the troops, ammunition or equipment that military officials say it needs to mass the big offensive promised by the country’s senior military leader.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 21, 2023
The NATO alliance is holding strong on Ukraine. But fractures are emerging.
The differences are over strategy for the coming year and the more immediate question of what Ukraine needs in the next few months.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 18, 2023
Pentagon sends U.S. arms stored in Israel to Ukraine
The Pentagon is tapping into a vast but little-known stockpile of American ammunition in Israel to help meet Ukraine’s dire need for artillery shells in the war with Russia.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 23, 2022
Zelenskyy’s weapons wish list goes mostly unfulfilled on trip to Washington
The leader's speech mixed appreciation for the aid provided by the United States with growing demands for weaponry, knowing that he will not get all of what he wants
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 12, 2022
Winter will be a major factor in the Ukraine war, U.S. officials say
Although Moscow is likely to continue to attack Ukrainian troops, bases and infrastructure, the coming winter is expected to bring a slowdown in military advances on both sides.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 3, 2022
Rattle West? Force negotiations? Assessing threats made by Putin.
The prospect of even a small nuclear device going off is so terrible that officials in the United States and elsewhere are concerned.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 2, 2022
Russian military leaders discussed use of nuclear weapons, U.S. officials say
American officials said they had seen no evidence that the Russians were moving nuclear weapons into place or taking other tactical measures to prepare for a strike, however.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 12, 2022
Pressure grows on the West to speed air defense systems to Ukraine
On Tuesday, leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations pledged 'undeterred and steadfast” financial and military support for Ukraine.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 24, 2022
As Russian losses mount in Ukraine, Putin gets more involved in war strategy
Focused on victory at all costs, Putin has become a more public face of the war as the Russian military appears increasingly in turmoil.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 18, 2022
Ukraine wants the U.S. to send powerful new weapons. Biden is not so sure.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says one weapon — a missile system with a range of 305 kilometers — is critical to launching a wider counteroffensive, perhaps early next year.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 18, 2022
As Russia runs low on drones, Iran plans to step in, U.S. officials say
The potential delivery of hundreds of Iranian drones would help the Kremlin replenish a fleet that has suffered steep losses in Ukraine.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 27, 2022
Commando network coordinates flow of weapons in Ukraine, officials say
A secretive operation involving U.S. Special Operations forces hints at the scale of the effort to assist Ukraine's still outgunned military.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 2, 2022
The U.S. is sending advanced weapons to Ukraine. But conditions apply.
There is no question that the decision to give Ukraine the weapons they have requested for weeks marked a major escalation in the kind of military aid that Washington is providing.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 27, 2022
How does it end? Fissures emerge over what constitutes victory in Ukraine
Differing objectives make it all the more difficult to define what victory — or even a muddled peace — would look like.

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