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U.S. to deploy armored brigade combat teams to Europe

The U.S. military said on Wednesday that it would deploy rotations of U.S.-based armored brigade combat teams to Europe, part of a wider effort to counter what the United States sees as Russian aggression on the continent. The teams will be on nine-month rotations starting in February 2017, and will conduct military exercises across Estonia,

America: Land of the œMostly Free

Michael Schaus  America. Home of the brave, and land of the “mostly” free. At least that’s the takeaway from the recent Index of Economic Freedom. For twenty years the Heritage Foundation has ranked the economic freedom of nations across the globe, and America has been slipping from the top. While much of the rest of

Ukraine Resumes Move in East as U.S. Troops Plan Drills

 Ukraine resumed operations to oust militants from eastern cities as the U.S. said 600 troops will be sent for exercises in four countries bordering Russia amid signs an accord to reduce tensions in the region was unraveling. An offensive is under way after its suspension for the Easter break, with security agencies seeking to eliminate

Russia Wields $160 Billion Stick in Crimea Sanctions Standoff

Vladimir Putin’s control over $160 billion in oil and natural gas exports may be his most potent weapon in Russia’s face-off with Europe and the U.S. over Ukraine. As Crimea prepares to vote Sunday on whether to return to Russian control, the U.S. and its European allies have few levers to deter Putin’s Ukrainian venture.