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War of words erupts between Russia, U.S. over air strikes in Aleppo, Syria

A Syrian girl whose home was destroyed by Russian airstrikes on Aleppo watches as workers attempt to clear away the rubble to look for survivors.   /Getty Images

Special to The U.S. and Russia have traded accusations over recent airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria. After the U.S. said Russian warplanes destroyed two hospitals in the besieged city, Moscow responded by claiming U.S. warplanes bombed Aleppo on Feb. 10, […]

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North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers


Special to By Donald Kirk, North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests risk getting boring. The pattern is familiar: expressions of outrage, loud condemnation ― then nothing. Has the latest one-two punch of nuclear test and rocket launch […]

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Russian air power, Iran-backed militias help Syrian forces advance toward Turkish border

Syrian forces on the outskirts of Aleppo.  /AFP

Special to Syrian forces, in a major offensive supported by Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, advanced toward the Turkish border on Feb. 8. The Syrian advance and relentless Russian air strikes in recent days have led to one […]

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Turkey closes border to thousands of Syrians fleeing Russia-backed offensive in Aleppo

A boy arrives with women as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016 in Bab al-Salama, near the Turkish border crossing.  /AFP/Bulent Kilic

Special to Some 35,000 Syrians are stranded at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russian-backed Assad regime offensive in Aleppo. Turkish humanitarian groups warned of a desperate situation in the making as they set up camps and sent in […]

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Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Saudi forces launch artillery at Houthi rebels in Yemen.  /Getty Images

Special to Saudi Arabia and Turkey are considering sending ground troops into Syria to support rebels fighting the Russia-backed Bashar Assad regime, analysts say. “The Saudis believe that the chance of a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis is […]

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Russia suspects Turkey is preparing for incursion into Syria

Turkish soldiers patrol the border town of Ceylanpinar at the Turkish-Syrian border.  /Getty Images

Special to Moscow said it has reason to suspect that Turkey is planning a military incursion into Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said it has observed “a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish armed forces […]

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Russia’s Lukoil to be first post-sanctions buyer of Iran oil as part of $40 billion deal

Ali Akbar Velayati. / Press TV

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran and Russia have initialed contracts worth around $40 billion for nuclear power construction, railways, and other projects, the top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on February […]

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Pentagon seeks 35 percent budget increase to fight ISIL

Ashton Carter.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Pentagon on Feb. 2 will provide a preview of its 2017 budget requesting more funds to beef up U.S. forces in Eastern Europe and fight the Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Turkey: NATO radars confirmed Russian jet’s airspace violation

Russian Su-34

Special to Turkey reported that NATO radars detected a Russian Su-34 warplane violating its airspace. “Russia can not cover up its violation of our airspace. It’s not possible to hide such an incident if it did happen, or to […]

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Fukuyama: ‘Putinism,’ radical Islam provide no alternative to liberal democracy

Francis Fukuyuama

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin and the extremist Islamic State group are sworn enemies that might seem to have little in common. But both are engaged in efforts at state building that […]

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