Security

Coalition hunts down remaining 'Islamic State' fighters in Syria

The US-led coalition is conducting 'precision strike support' to help flush out the remaining militants.

France to hold Syria, Russia responsible for any further chemical attacks

Paris, alongside coalition partners such as the United States, is ready to again launch punitive strikes against the Syrian regime 'if necessary.'

Unease grows in Central Asia as Putin celebrates anniversary of Crimea seizure

While Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates the Kremlin's illegal annexation, Central Asian countries wonder if the same could happen to them.

China chips away at Russia's security influence in Central Asia

Chinese behaviour in the region belies the old assumption that Beijing cares only about economic investments -- and is increasing tension with Russia, analysts say.

Dying IS territory in Syria empties itself of last survivors

Tens of thousands of civilians have been trucked out in recent weeks from the jihadists' ever-shrinking territory in Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq.

Putin suspends Russia's compliance with key missile treaty

In his state of the nation address, Putin threatened to deploy new missiles against Western capitals, a common Kremlin tactic to use external threats to avoid dealing with domestic issues.

US, Kazakhstan hold joint training on nuclear-material smuggling

Exercises aimed at ensuring materials don't fall into the hands of terrorists.

Putin issues new threats against West as his popularity wanes at home

Russian President Vladimir Putin's state of the nation speech included threats to target 'decision-making centres' amid his lowest approval ratings in years.

US CENTCOM commander confers with Central Asian leaders in Tashkent

'Uzbekistan is taking a vital role in advancing security and stability in Central and South Asia,' Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM), said in a statement.

Kremlin conjures up threats to rationalise military presence in Central Asia

Russia's true goal in strengthening its military presence in Central Asia is to shore up its weakening influence in the region, say analysts.

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