Western and Turkish officials are accusing Russia of overplaying the international incident and using it as an opportunity for an increased military presence on the Mediterranean.
Russia is moving its artillery to Syria’s front lines and expanding an air base in Homs.
How politics, not just survival, is driving the Syrian government’s military strategy.
Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate inside Syria, released 16 imprisoned Lebanese soldiers and police officers held captive since August 2014, in a deal brokered by Qatar.
The US is sending roughly 100 Special Operations Forces troops to Iraq to target the Islamic State. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has responded by saying the deployment was not requested and is considered a “hostile act.”
Iraqis widely believe the United States is partnered with the Islamic State for military gain in the Middle East, a sign of deep distrust.
A suicide bombing targeting Shi’ite pilgrims in Baghdad killed 9.
Doctors Without Borders says the Saudi coalition bombed one of their mobile clinics in Taiz, Yemen.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have seized Zinjibar, the capital of the Abyan province.
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has now spent more than 500 daysdetained in Iran.
The Taliban are strongly denying rumors that their new leader was wounded or killed in a shootout in Pakistan this week.
The CIA runs a shadow war in eastern Afghanistan, using the Khost Protection Force, a paramilitary unit linked to civilian killings, excessive force and torture, as its proxy.
Haji Ghalib, who spent four years in Guantánamo, now battles the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan.
NATO will keep 12,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2016.
The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction has asked for a review of a former Pentagon task force’s use of funds, noting that they spent $150 million on private housing and security rather than live on a base.
Der Spiegelinterviews Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.
With politics potentially jeopardizing Russia’s place in the EU energy market, Moscow is turning to Pakistan in hopes of diversifying.
Russia is unlikely to meet the year-end deadline for a Ukraine peace deal.
In the face of Russian displeasure, NATO has invited Montenegro to join the alliance, its first expansion since 2009.
Armed clashes in Nardaran, a Shi’ite suburb of Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku, left seven people dead. Government authorities have conducted a security raid, searching homes and detaining residents.
Russia has begun building two military compounds on the Kuril islands, adding new complications to long-standing tensions with Japan over the status of those islands.
Japan is speeding up the launch of its new anti-terrorism unit.
Satellite imagery indicates that North Korea may be digging a nuclear test tunnel.
Irish police found a suspected dissident republican weapons dump near the border with Northern Ireland.
Colombia will not extradite a leftist rebel accused of drug trafficking to the US, a first, as it continues peace negotiations with FARC.
Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri, held in Guantánamo for 13 years now, was never a courier, the US now admits, but a low-level foot soldier.
The nearly five dozen people arrested in the US over the past year for supporting or plotting on behalf of the Islamic State are a diverse bunch, fitting no particular profile, a new study has concluded.
The Pentagon has ordered the military to open all remaining combat positions to women, without exception.
BuzzFeed profiles Sherri Goodman, the woman who got the Pentagon to care about climate change by framing it as a “threat multiplier.”