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Moscow, Amsterdam in heated dispute over submarine sightings


Special to By Miles Yu, Russia and the Netherlands have accused each other of sending a submarine into Swedish territorial waters. On Oct. 17, the Swedish military launched a massive search for a mysterious foreign submarine in its […]

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Report: Russia, Iran running joint war room in Iraq against ISIL

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft. /  Vyacheslav / AFP via Getty Images

Special to NICOSIA — Iran and Russia were said to have been operating a war room in Iraq to block Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Lebanese daily Al Mustaqbal reported that Iran and Russia were operating a […]

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From one in the know: Snowden is a traitor and likely ‘agent of Vladimir Putin’


Special to Brett M Decker, Radix Charlie Speight is a retired executive from the National Security Agency, which he joined in 1975. During his time at the NSA, he was a National Intelligence Officer, analyst, watch officer, operational staff […]

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Putin exploits latest Biden gaffe, offers helping hand to Turkey

Special to By Miles Yu, When U.S. Vice President openly chastised Turkey for allowing foreign militant fighters to cross its territory into Syria to join Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), President Vladimir Putin of Russia picked […]

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New NATO chief is anti-war activist with record of appeasing Russia

Jens Stoltenberg

Special to By Miles Yu, Last week, Jens Stoltenberg assumed the position of the Secretary General of NATO, replacing his hawkish predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The new chief is quite Russia-friendly — so much so he was evenly vigorously recruited […]

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Russia delivers first air defense system to Iraq as part of $4.2 billion deal

Pantsyr-S1 air defense system.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraq has received advanced air defense systems from Russia. Officials said Russia has sent its first Pantsyr-S1 air defense system to Iraq. The officials said the Pantsyr marked the second stage of a $4.2 billion […]

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Saudi-financed deal would supply advanced Russian weapons systems to Lebanon

Russia has offered to send MiG-29s and other platforms to Lebanon.

Special to MOSCOW — Lebanon and Russia have been examining a weapons deal involving the export of combat platforms to Beirut. They said any deal by Lebanon would be financed by Saudi Arabia. [Related: U.S. delivers vans and pickups […]

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Iraq turns to Russia as deal for U.S. Apaches falls through

Iraq received Mi-35 helicopters from Russia this summer.

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. sale of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter to Iraq has been stalled. Officials said the Baghdad government has failed to sign a Letter of Notification for the U.S. sale of 24 Apaches. The […]

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Egypt buying $3.5 billion worth of combat platforms from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fatah Sisi.  /Reuters

Special to MOSCOW — After a year of negotiations, Egypt and Russia have reached an agreement for a major weapons deal. Officials said Egypt has agreed to procure $3.5 billion worth of combat platforms and other weapons from Russia. […]

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Arctic war of words heats up as Russia, Canada press their claims

The expedition to plant a Russian flag on the seabed at the North Pole, 2007.  /Reuters

Special to By Miles Yu, Canada is the most enthusiastic pusher for harsh sanctions against Russia’s aggressions in Ukraine and there is a particular reason for that: Canada and Russia are engaged in a tense territorial dispute of their own, […]

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