Syria conflict: Russia defends air strikes

Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has defended his country’s air strikes in Syria, saying they were targeting the same “terrorist” groups as the US-led coalition. He rejected suggestions that Russian action was to bolster…


US transport plane crashes in Afghanistan killing 12

New York, An American C-130 transport plane crashed at Jalalabad airport, Afghanistan, shortly after midnight on Friday morning killing twelve people, according to officials. The city is close to the eastern border with Pakistan, an area…




Middle East New Realignment

By Manish Rai Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to set up a joint team of both the countries as Moscow ramps up its military support for Syrian President Bashar…



Taliban Offensive in Afghanistan Tests U.S.

By Gordon Lubold, Margherita Stancati and Habib Khan Totakhil WASHINGTON—Afghan troops backed by U.S. forces struggled to recapture a provincial capital following an alarming Taliban attack that renewed questions about the Obama administration’s plan to…