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China Rejects Sanctions And Use Of Force Against Iran

China has rejected sanctions and the use of force against Iran over its nuclear energy program, warning that such coercive measures could have a negative impact on regional and global peace and stability. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press briefing on Thursday. He added that the sanctions and use of force could not resolve the existing issue, calling for a peacef ...

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Pentagon Denies Russian Claim U.S. Providing Stinger Missiles to Syrian Rebels

Gen.¬†Nikolai Makarov, a senior Russian general, told Interfax the rebels in Syria are using U.S. provided anti-aircraft missiles against the Syrian government. ‚ÄúWe have reliable information that Syrian militants have foreign portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including those made in the USA‚Ķ it should be cleared up who delivered them,‚ÄĚ Makarov said. He said the weapons include ‚ÄúUS-made Stingers,‚Ä̬†RIA N ...

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Questions That Didn’t Get Answered

The final debate of the presidential election was notable for all the areas of foreign policy on which the two candidates seemed to agree. But in their answers were plenty of unanswered questions about how they would handle key foreign policy issues going forward. Where do things stand on Iran? It was hard to see concrete differences between the candidates Monday on when it will be necessary to use military ...

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West Sleepwalking Into Endless War

First it was Iraq, then Afghanistan. Who is next? Britain and other liberal democracies face the prospect of sleepwalking into endless conflicts as the traditional distinctions between war and peace get blurred. This is the stark warning of an important and thought-provoking study of recent military operations. War from the Ground Up, Twenty-First-Century Combat as Politics, by a Gurkha infantry officer wit ...

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Obama, Romney Concur On War And Assassination

In their debate on foreign policy Monday night, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney voiced nearly identical positions in support of war, illegal killings and imperialist intervention across the globe. With just two weeks until the election, this third and final presidential debate made it clear that the US political establishment is laying the groundwork for new military interve ...

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New Afghanistan drones to be remote-controlled from Britain as RAF doubles its unmanned aircraft strike force

Britain is doubling the number of armed RAF drones flying missions in Afghanistan. And for the first time, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be controlled by airmen at computer screens in the UK. Two ‚Äėpilots‚Äô will operate the robots via satellite from a hi-tech hub at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. Scroll down to see the Reaper in combat The Reaper is the Air Force's first 'hunter-killer' unmanned a ...

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Syria Civil War Violence Spills Over Into Jordan, Lebanon

With sectarian spillover from the Syrian Civil War continuing to boil over in Lebanon over the weekend, Syrian rebel fighters attacked a group of Jordanian troops along the border, killing one and suggesting that yet another nation bordering Syria is going to be affected by the violence. With Syrian rebel factions increasingly filled with Sunni Islamists from across the region, Jordan has been struggling to ...

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Most Israeli Citizens Don’t Want A War With Iran

Time for a quiz question. Last week, who said Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak ‚Äď Israel's prime minister and defence minister ‚Äď "are misleading the public on the Iran issue" and making decisions "based on messianic feelings"? Was it (a) Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; (b) the¬†Stop the War Coalition¬†president, Tony Benn; or (c) the former Israeli spymaster Yuval Diskin? It was (c). At a public meetin ...

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Destroying Obama’s Foreign Policy Credibility In Three Easy Steps

They say Americans don’t vote on foreign policy. That’s usually true, especially in times like these where the economy is in shambles. But Americans do vote on leadership. And ultimately Americans also vote on character, notwithstanding the generous leeway we tend to allow our politicians. In the final presidential debate and beyond, Mitt Romney has a great opportunity to show how the president’s foreign po ...

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Obama vs Romney On Foreign Policy: Which One Is Which Again?

President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck in the polls on the eve of the last debate. When the questions turn to foreign policy, though, will either candidate be able to prove they’re a real alternative to the other? During Monday evening’s final face-off between the two major-party candidates, questions will be composed of international issues relating directly to America’s foreig ...

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