John J. Xenakis

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World View: Obama Invokes War Powers Act, Sends Troops to Help Nigeria

The United States is sending 80 military personnel and at least one unarmed Predator reconnaissance aircraft drone to Chad as part of the international effort to defeat Boko Haram. The unmanned drone will join similar aircraft based in Niger that have already been participating in the search for the kidnapped schoolgirls. May 22, 2014 11:43 AM PT

World View: Jihadists from New York to Uzbekistan Flock to Syria to Fight

New research indicates that some 11,000 foreign fighters from around the world have traveled to Syria to join al-Qaeda-linked Sunni terrorists fighting the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting a war of extermination against his own Sunni Muslim population. About 3,000 have come from Western Europe, and on Tuesday the FBI indicated that more than 100 of them are Americans. May 21, 2014 7:34 AM PT

World View: Algeria Closes Its Borders with Libya as Fighting Mounts in Tripoli

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) are among the countries evacuating their embassies in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, and Algeria has closed its border with Libya as civil war is threatened. After Muammar Gaddafi was ousted by the NATO military intervention, Libya has been increasingly lawless, with a central government in Tripoli having difficulties governing. May 20, 2014 12:16 PM PT

World View: Boko Haram Attacks Chinese Camp as Summit Takes Place in Paris

An armed militia assumed to be Boko Haram attacked a Chinese company's camp on Friday night in northern Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria. One Chinese employee had two bullet wounds, and ten others were missing, assumed to have been abducted. The armed attackers forced their way into the camp, and after three hours of gunfire, left the camp with the abductees and all the camp's vehicles. May 19, 2014 7:57 AM PT

World View: Muslim World Split by Boko Haram Abductions

It's a common Western complaint of Islam that Muslim officials and clerics rarely condemn the acts of Islamist terrorists, or that any such condemnations are rarely as aggressive as Christian condemnation of a terrorist act by other Christians. May 14, 2014 2:19 PM PT

World View: China Rams Vietnamese Ships in South China Sea

Eight Vietnamese boats have been "rammed, hit or sprayed with high-pressure hoses [by Chinese boats]... damaging Vietnamese vessels and injuring their crew members" since Saturday, according to Vietnamese officials. The Vietnamese ships were attempting a blockade to prevent China from deploying a mobile drilling rig to search for oil and gas in regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam. May 8, 2014 2:04 PM PT

World View: Iran's Navy Chief Says He Can Sink an American Aircraft Carrier in 50 Seconds

A couple of weeks ago, Iran announced that it would be running military war games involving attacks on mock-ups of American warships and aircraft carriers, including replica of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. On Monday, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Ali Fadavi announced that their tests have been successful. May 6, 2014 7:52 PM PT

World View: Violence in Odessa Revives Memories of Nazi Massacre of Jews

Jews living in Odessa are considering an emergency evacuation under the expectation that violence will grow considerably next week. Jews haven't been directly affected by the violence so far, but the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews have prepared a fleet of 70 buses and are considering renting a holiday camp to house 600 Jews away from Odessa next weekend. May 6, 2014 9:59 AM PT


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