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Apr 15, 2014

Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country’s civil war.

They would signal a further internationalization of the conflict, with new rockets suspected from Russia and drones from Iran also spotted in the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

Apr 11, 2014

West struggles as Russia moves to dominate old USSR

LONDON (Reuters) – NATO says tens of thousands of Russian troops are massed on the border with Ukraine for a potential invasion, yet Western states still lack a strategy to stop Moscow from intervening in its former Soviet neighbors.

With military action to protect non-NATO states effectively ruled out, current and former officials say sanctions and isolation provide the best – and perhaps only – way to pressure Moscow. Ramping up the pressure on the rich and powerful around President Vladimir Putin, they say, might in time push him towards a much more conciliatory approach.

Apr 11, 2014

Analysis – West struggles as Russia moves to dominate old USSR

LONDON (Reuters) – NATO says tens of thousands of Russian troops are massed on the border with Ukraine for a potential invasion, yet Western states still lack a strategy to stop Moscow from intervening in its former Soviet neighbours.

With military action to protect non-NATO states effectively ruled out, current and former officials say sanctions and isolation provide the best – and perhaps only – way to pressure Moscow. Ramping up the pressure on the rich and powerful around President Vladimir Putin, they say, might in time push him towards a much more conciliatory approach.

Apr 7, 2014

After Crimea, West’s spies, armies to raise Russia focus

LONDON (Reuters) – As Western states enter a new era of potential confrontation with Moscow, they face an awkward reality.

A quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the level of expertise on Russia in intelligence agencies, armed forces and governments has diminished drastically.

Mar 28, 2014

Analysis – Geopolitical games handicap Malaysia jet hunt

By Peter Apps and Tim Hepher

(Reuters) – The search for flight MH370, the Malaysian jetliner that vanished over the South China Sea on March 8, has involved more than two dozen countries and 60 aircraft and ships but been bedevilled by regional rivalries.

While Malaysia has been accused of a muddled response and poor communications, China has showcased its growing military clout and reach, while some involved in the operation say other countries have dragged their feet on disclosing details that might give away sensitive defence data.

Mar 28, 2014

Geopolitical games handicap Malaysia jet hunt

By Peter Apps and Tim Hepher

(Reuters) – The search for flight MH370, the Malaysian Airlines jetliner that vanished over the South China Sea on March 8, has involved more than two dozen countries and 60 aircraft and ships but been bedeviled by regional rivalries.

While Malaysia has been accused of a muddled response and poor communications, China has showcased its growing military clout and reach, while some involved in the operation say other countries have dragged their feet on disclosing details that might give away sensitive defense data.

Mar 19, 2014

After Crimea, West plans for Russia military threat

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – For defense planners in Washington, London and Brussels, the sight of Russian forces pouring into their second neighbor in six years will overturn two decades of strategic assumptions.

The result of Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, following its 2008 war with Georgia, could be a modest reversal of years of European defense cuts and a bigger U.S. military presence in the NATO members of central and eastern Europe.

Mar 19, 2014

Crimean crisis pushes NATO back to Russian focus

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – For defense planners in Washington, London and Brussels, the sight of Russian forces pouring into their second neighbor in six years will overturn two decades of strategic assumptions.

The result of Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, following its 2008 war with Georgia, could be a modest reversal of years of European defense cuts and a bigger U.S. military presence in the NATO members of central and eastern Europe.

Mar 16, 2014

NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension

BRUSSELS/LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Hackers brought down
several public NATO websites, the alliance said on Sunday, in
what appeared to be the latest escalation in cyberspace over
growing tensions over Crimea.

The Western military alliance’s spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu,
said on social networking site Twitter that cyber attacks, which
began on Saturday evening, continued on Sunday, although most
services had now been restored.

Mar 15, 2014

Malaysian plane saga highlights air defense gaps

LONDON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Whatever truly happened to missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, its apparently unchallenged wanderings through Asian skies point to major gaps in regional – and perhaps wider – air defences.

More than a decade after al Qaeda hijackers turned airliners into weapons on September 11, 2001, a large commercial aircraft completely devoid of stealth features appeared to vanish with relative ease.

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      "Peter Apps is political risk correspondent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets. Previously, he was emerging markets correspondent based in London after postings in southern Africa and Sri Lanka. His neck was broken in a vehicle smash on assignment in Sri Lanka in 2006, leaving him largely paralysed from the shoulders down."
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