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Coalition chief: Iraqi ground offensive against IS ‘within weeks’

The U.S. coordinator for the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) says that Iraqi troops will begin a ground offensive in the coming weeks to take back swaths of the country seized by the militant group. General John Allen said in an interview February 8 with Jordan’s official Petra news agency, “In the weeks […]

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Russia’s Putin suggests U.S. bent on world domination

Russia’s Putin suggests U.S. bent on world domination

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is facing Cold War-style containment efforts at the hands of the West and will oppose world domination by a single country. Putin’s remarks on February 7 were the latest in a series of bitter denunciations of the United States and the European Union, which have imposed sanctions on Russia over […]

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Kremlin cries blackmail as West presses Russia to rein in rebels

Kremlin cries blackmail as West presses Russia to rein in rebels

Western governments stepped up pressure on Moscow to rein in Russian-backed separatists as the casualty toll mounted on January 26 after the rebels announced a new offensive in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin responded angrily to criticism from the United States and EU nations, blaming Kyiv for a flare-up that has killed some 300 people in […]

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Dozens of Finns, Swedes fighting for Islamic State

This week, police and security forces in Finland and Sweden have announced that dozens of those countries’ citizens are fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq. According to Helsinki Police Chief Inspector Jari Taponen, around 50 people from Finland, 76 percent of whom are Finnish passport holders and “almost 20″ of […]

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Donetsk Separatists Call For Russian Absorption, Troops

Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk on May 12 have declared independence and asked Moscow to deploy Russian troops and consider absorbing the eastern Ukrainian region. The annexation appeal came in a statement read out at a news conference by Denis Pushilin, a leading member of the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic.” It came one day after Donetsk […]

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Kerry Calls Eastern Ukraine Referendum “Crimea Play-Book”

Washington has denounced what it calls “contrived and bogus” plans by pro-Russia separatist groups in eastern Ukraine to conduct a weekend referendum on self-determination. The pro-Russia separatists that are planning the referendum are pushing for autonomy and independence for parts of eastern Ukraine — a situation similar to a regional referendum in Crimea in March […]

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Obama says Russia ignoring Geneva agreement

U.S. President Barack Obama has said that Russia is not abiding by the recent Geneva agreement intended to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. Speaking in Japan on April 24, Obama said that “so far at least,” Moscow has not taken measures to implement the agreement. Obama added that if Russia does not fulfill the terms […]

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Military Bases Targeted In Crimea

Two Ukrainian air bases in Crimea have been overrun by pro-Russian forces. Pro-Russian forces appeared in control of the base in Belbek, near Sevastopol, after an armored vehicle was seen ramming into the gate of the base and an ambulance drove into the compound at high speed. A live video feed from outside the gate […]

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Russia Test Fires Ballistic Missile

Russia’s military has test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, as tensions continued over Ukraine’s Crimea region. The Russian Defense Ministry said it launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the Kapustin Yar military site on the evening of March 4. The ministry said the test was successful and that the missile hit its intended target at […]

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