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Establishment Media Were Silent When Obama Adopted Defense Proposals From Pro-Soviet Think Tank

TEL AVIV – Amid the flurry news of reports about the Trump administration and Russia – largely innuendo that has yielded no documented connections between the two sides – it may be instrumental to review the largely unknown history about how President Obama’s administration adapted defense budget recommendations co-authored by the Institute for Policy Studies, a radical organization known for its close associations with Soviets during the Cold War.

FILE - In this file photo taken on Saturday, May 9, 2015, Iskander missile launchers are driven during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow. The Russian military said Thursday Oct. 20, 2016 it conducted drills involving Iskander missiles near the nation's western border, amid tensions in relations with the West. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

Russia TV Promoting Nuclear War Drills as U.S. Deploys Troops to Norway

While Russia enhances Cold War-era Soviet Union survival measures, nearly 330 American Marines prepare to deploy to Norway in January, boosting the U.S. military footprint in Europe, reportedly marking the first time a foreign military has been posted in the European country since World War II amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow.

By Sylvia Westall and Dominic Evans | BEIRUT Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach. The combined operation hit towns close to the main north-south highway that runs through major cities in the mainly government-held west of Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group which tracks the conflict via a network of sources within the country. Ground attacks by Syrian government forces and their militia allies using heavy surface-to-surface missile bombardments hit at least four insurgent positions and there were heavy clashes, the head of the Observatory, Rami Abdulrahman, said. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia took part in the fighting, according to a regional source who is familiar with the military situation in Syria. Abdulrahman said later there was no sign that Syrian troops and their allies had made any tangible advances on the ground. They briefly entered one town, but were forced to pull back, he said, and around 15 of their tanks or armoured vehicles had been either destroyed or disabled. Islamic State militants have seized much of Syria since civil war grew out of anti-government protests in 2011, but the areas targeted in Wednesday's combined assault are held by other rebels, some U.S.-backed, fuelling accusations by Russia's critics that its real aim is to help the government. Moscow says it shares the West's aim of preventing the spread of Islamic State, and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin during a televised meeting that four Russian warships in the Caspian Sea had launched 26 missiles at Islamic State in Syria earlier in the day. The missiles would have passed over Iran and Iraq to reach their targets, covering what Shoigu described as a distance of almost 1,500 km (900 miles), the latest display of Russian military power at a time when relations with the West are at a post-Cold War low over Ukraine. The terrain-hugging Kalibr cruise missiles, known by NATO by the codename Sizzler, fly at an altitude of 50 metres and are accurate to within three metres, the Russian defence ministry said. The air campaign in Syria has caught Washington and its allies on the back foot and alarmed Syria's northern neighbour Turkey, which says its air space has been repeatedly violated by Russian jets. Ankara summoned Russia's ambassador for the third time in four days over the reported violations, which NATO has said appeared to be deliberate and were "extremely dangerous". Syrian-Americans protest Russian intervention in Syria outside a Russian consular office in Santa Monica, California, United States, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Syrian-Americans protest Russian intervention in Syria outside a Russian consular office in Santa Monica, California, United States, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Assad: Syria Is the Battleground for Another ‘Cold War’ Between U.S., Russia

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad said in a Friday interview with a Russian newspaper that the brutal Syrian-Russian assault on Aleppo was necessary to push “terrorists” back to Turkey, accused Turkey of illegally invading his country with military forces, and said Syria was becoming the battleground for a new Cold War between Russia and the United States.

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How Ronald Reagan Won the Cold War

When he took office in January 1981, President Ronald Reagan looked around the world and was greatly troubled by what he saw. For more than three decades, the United States and its allies had striven to contain communism through a series of diplomatic, economic, and sometimes military initiatives that had cost hundreds of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives. And yet communism still controlled the Soviet Union, Eastern and Central Europe, China, Cuba, Vietnam, and North Korea and had spread to sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, and Nicaragua.

U.S. Spy Stephanie Rader Dies at Age 100

Stephanie Rader, a 100-year-old woman who worked as an undercover spy in Poland at the end of World War II, may still get the Legion of Merit that eluded her for nearly 70 years—but it will be a posthumous honor. Rader died Thursday, after fighting Parkinson’s disease, a family friend told me.