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Brussels ‘Defeated’ In Macedonia After Anti-EU Protests Sweep the Country

The reception that EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn received in Skopje this week illustrates the bloc’s lack of popularity among Macedonians, Macedonian political analyst Cvetin Cilimanov told Sputnik. Public opinion in the former Yugoslav Republic is turning against Brussels because of its support for a proposed government coalition with Albanian parties backed by Tirana. Many fear […]

Keeping the Myth and the Islamic State Alive -Editorial

Joint Syrian-Russian-Iranian operations against foreign-funded and armed militant groups across Syrian territory have incrementally dismantled and frustrated the fighting capacity of groups including the so-called Islamic State, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and a myriad of other fronts coordinated and arrayed from abroad against Damascus. With the Russian intervention in late 2015, considerable air power was […]

6 Russian Servicemen Killed In Shootout With Chechen Militants

If you want to understand why Russia sees extremism as a top national security threat, look no further: Six Russian servicemen have been killed and several more injured in a militant attack on a Russian National Guard base in the Chechen Republic. The incident took place near the Chechen village of Naurskaya, 70 kilometers north-west […]

Free Syrian Army Getting Backup From Turkish-Trained Police

Turkey has been training a police organization, the Free Syrian Police (FSP), to help out with secondary operations in Aleppo province so the Free Syrian Army (FSA) can focus on fighting and maintaining control of the areas it has captured. “We are working on taking over all of the FSA military checkpoints at the city […]

Syrian Issue And Trade Bans Remain Hurdle As Turkey, Russia Pledge To Boost Ties

Hurdles remain amid Turkey and Russia’s pledge of healing rift and boosting bilateral ties, as both sides still have problems with issues over Syrian and bilateral trade. Russian charge d’affairs in Turkey was summoned on Thursday, as row spiraled after a Turkish soldier was killed by sniper attack from the Syrian border, where the Kurdish […]

The Next Must-Watch TV Show Is Russia’s Version Of ‘The Americans’

It’s 2017, and the new Cold War is in full swing. The West is winning, for now. U.S. sanctions have impoverished Russia. But the two sides are poised at a critical juncture. The Russians have come up with new technology to drill for gas that could send their economy skyrocketing again, putting the West on […]

Reports of Sangin’s Fall Are ‘Complete Fabrication,’ U.S. Military Insists

U.S. officials are disputing reports the Taliban have retaken a hotly contested region in the opium-rich Helmand valley, saying local security forces made a planned, deliberate withdrawal from the Sangin district center after months of heavy fighting left their facilities in ruins. “It is a complete fabrication,” Navy Capt. William Salvin, a spokesman for the […]

Pentagon Worried About Chinese Investment In US Startups: Report

The Pentagon is worried about new American technology firms turning to Chinese companies for investment on potential military applications, The New York Times reported. Chinese firms are sending money to U.S. startups, include rocket engine manufacturers, companies that design sensors for autonomous naval ships and printers that make flexible screens that could be used in […]

Is Tillerson Skipping NATO For Russia a Crisis? (No.) – Editorial

Is Tillerson committing treason skipping a NATO meeting for Russia? A diplomatic crisis? The end of the alliance? A favor to Putin? No. It’s just a scheduling decision. Senior government leaders are often called on to be in more than one place at a time. They make choices. Not everyone agrees with those choices. Sometimes […]

Belarus Arrests Dozens In Crackdown, Claims Weapons Found

Authorities in Belarus arrested people who were preparing “mass unrest” after discovering a weapons cache in a separate raid, according to state television. Activists in the ex-Soviet state dispute the official account. At least 26 people were arrested ahead of a large anti-government protest planned for the weekend, Belarusian state television reported on Thursday, citing […]

US Soldier Admits Killing Unarmed Afghans For Sport

Jeremy Morlock, 23, tells US military court he was part of a ‘kill team’ that faked combat situations to murder Afghan civilians An American soldier has pleaded guilty to being part of a “kill team” who deliberately murdered Afghan civilians for sport last year. Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock, 23, told a military court he had […]

Whistleblower Says UK Police Worked With Hackers To Access Activists’ Email Accounts

Here come even more revelations of surveillance abuse by UK law enforcement. To date, various law enforcement agencies have been exposed as participating in very broad readings of very broadly-written anti-terrorism laws to spy on journalists and activists. The latest abuse detailed by The Guardian concerns the surveillance of activists by UK law enforcement on […]

Turkey Demands Answers from Russia After Soldiers Shot Dead Near Syria

Turkey summoned the acting Russian envoy Thursday after a Turkish soldier was shot dead by cross-border fire from a section of Kurdish-held Syria where Russian forces were present. Turkish troops reportedly responded to the fatal sniper fire by firing back into Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin, where Kurdish militants such as the People’s Protection Units […]

Exposing Shabby Intelligence -Editorial

There is a perception among some of the public and within the alternative media that America’s burgeoning national-security state is a monolith, a collective entity pursuing its own interests regardless of what is good for the country or its people. From both progressives and conservatives who mistrust the government, I often hear comments such as, […]

India Says US Sanctions Won’t Affect S-400 Deal with Russia

Indian Defense Minister has said there is no uncertainty involved in purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia since Moscow has been a long standing and trusted defense partner. New Delhi (Sputnik) – Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said this in parliament in his reply to a question on the S-400 deal following news reports. […]