Tag: Russia

Review of Russia Inquiry Grows as F.B.I. Witnesses Are Questioned

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation have asked witnesses pointed questions about any anti-Trump bias among former F.B.I. officials who are frequent targets of President Trump and about the earliest steps they took in the Russia inquiry, according to former officials and other people familiar with the review. The prosecutors, […]

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Tulsi Gabbard Lashes Back at Hillary Clinton After Claim of Russian Influence

Hillary Clinton waded into the Democratic primary on Friday by suggesting that Russia was “grooming” Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii as a third-party candidate for president. In response, Ms. Gabbard lashed out late in the afternoon with an extraordinary series of tweets in which she called Mrs. Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, […]

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A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The presence of U.S. troops in northern Syria was designed to protect America’s allies and keep its enemies there in check. President Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the region quickly, and predictably, unraveled a tenuous peace on […]

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Russia Stops U.S. Diplomats en Route to a Nuclear Accident Site

MOSCOW — The Russian authorities removed three American diplomats from a train heading to an Arctic town near the site of a recent nuclear accident, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday. The removal occurred on Monday in the shipyard town of Severodvinsk, according to Interfax, a Russian news agency. The diplomats were about to take […]

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The U.S. Turned Syria’s North Into a Tinderbox. Then Trump Lit a Match.

To understand why President Trump’s withdrawal from Syria has unleashed such violence, it helps to see this moment as the culmination of a problem that has been building since the conflict began. In the war’s first days, northern Syria’s large Kurdish population effectively seceded and, later, came to control the area. The war’s many actors, […]

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Russia Savors U.S. Missteps in Syria, and Seizes Opportunity

MOSCOW — These have been disastrous weeks for American foreign policy, a popular presenter on Russia’s state television told viewers on Sunday night with an I-told-you-so smirk. The United States essentially turned its back on Ukraine amid the impeachment inquiry, TV host Dmitri Kiselyov said in his marquee weekly show. Then, Washington abandoned the Syrian […]

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Ukraine Has Become a Vibrant Democracy. No Wonder Trump Hates It.

When the Ukrainian autocrat Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia after a popular uprising in 2014, thousands of citizens poured into Mezhyhirya, his 340-acre estate on the outskirts of Kiev. Ordinary people, eager to see the lifestyle Yanukovych’s thievery had financed, found an opulent palace filled with chandeliers, exquisite inlaid wood and gilt. It had a […]

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Who Are the Kurds, and Why Is Turkey Attacking Them in Syria?

The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria has complicated an already chaotic war. What began eight years ago as a series of nonviolent protests against the Syrian government morphed into an international conflict, between dozens of local factions, the Islamic State and several foreign countries. Now, an American ally is attacking a group […]

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The Madman Has No Clothes

If you pretended you oversaw the most powerful military, diplomatic corps, and liberal political system in human history, and you wanted to discover the one single action that would threaten a friendly people with atrocities, war crimes, and genocide; expose U.S. troops to attack by a foreign state’s military; scatter Islamist terrorist prisoners to the […]

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Syria Live Updates: Assad’s Forces Move Into Area Hit by Turkey

Here’s what you need to know: Syrian Army joins Kurds in a major power shift. ImageSyrian troops entered Tel Tamer on Monday shortly after the government forged an alliance with Kurdish forces.CreditDelil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The Syrian Army entered the town of Tel Tamer in northeastern Syria, the state news media reported on […]

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Syria Live Updates: Assad’s Army Faces Off With Turkey

ImageSyrian Democratic Forces fighters killed during the Turkish advance in the Syrian town of Qamishli are buried on Saturday.CreditBaderkhan Ahmad/Associated Press Kurds seek help from a surprising new ally: Assad. It has been only a week since President Trump pulled back American forces in Syria and effectively gave Turkey the green light to cross the […]

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12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit: Russia.

The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed hospitals in Syria in order to crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad, according to an investigation by The New York Times. An analysis of previously unpublished Russian Air Force radio recordings, plane spotter logs and witness accounts allowed The Times to trace bombings of […]

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How Times Reporters Proved Russia Bombed Syrian Hospitals

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. “Srabota,” the Russian pilot said. The Russian phrase, which directly translates as “it’s worked,” was confirmation that he had released his weapon on a target in Syria: Nabad al Hayat Surgical Hospital near the town […]

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America Exports Its Corruption to Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — In 2014, Ukraine’s wildly corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Russia after mass protests on the Maidan, Kiev’s central square. During what Ukrainians call the Revolution of Dignity, police snipers killed dozens of demonstrators. In the revolution’s aftermath, a number of young idealists decided to plunge into politics, hoping to reform their […]

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Open Skies Treaty Allowed Eyes Over Russia; Trump Wants to Give Them Up

Conceived in the depths of the Cold War by President Dwight Eisenhower and pressed forward by President George H.W. Bush to promote international stability after the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, the Open Skies Treaty allows the United States, Russia and other nations to send unarmed surveillance flights over one another’s territories to monitor […]

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Rudy, Russians and Weed: The Giuliani/Ukraine Corruption Indictments Explained via The Wire

Have you seen that TV show about the cops who were investigating a drug operation? You know the one I’m talking about. There was money laundering, corrupt politicians, street-level crime and a mysterious foreign drug dealer? The Wire? No, I’m talking about the Trump administration. Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have […]

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‘An Exorcism Must Be Done’: An Anti-Putin Shaman Sets Off Unrest

ULAN-UDE, Russia — A long-haired shaman arrived on foot from the frozen north, dragging a cart with yurt poles and a stove, and preaching that the president is a demon. Days later, a cabby, invoking the shaman, strode up to the Kremlin-allied mayor of this Siberian city, yelled a string of grievances and posted his […]

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