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A US soldier stands near a military vehicle, north of Raqqa in Syria.

About 40 US soldiers held off hundreds of Russian mercenaries in a brutal firefight in Syria

Roughly 40 US commandos held off about 500 forces loyal to the Syrian government — including Russian mercenaries — in an intense firefight in early February, The New York Times reports.
Finnish Colonel Kari Nisula, the exercise commander from the Finnish Army, awards four US Marines with gifts for their participation and leadership in Exercise Arrow 18 in Pohjankangas Training Area near Kankaanpaa, Finland, May 18, 2018.

Marines took tanks out of secret caves to do military exercises near Russia’s northern border for the first time

Amid rising tensions in Europe, NATO members and their neighbors are working closer together to maintain military readiness, and the Marine Corps' first visit to Finland underscores the trend.
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin blasted Trump’s trade fights without ever saying his name

Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked US President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs and other trade restrictions during a speech on Friday. Putin also did not say Trump's name once during the talk.
A man reads an issue of Pravda newspaper in Moscow, Russia, December 1941.

In a Twitter rant, Elon Musk vowed to create a news credibility rating site called ‘Pravda’ — here’s how that’s connecte...

On Wednesday, Elon Musk slammed the media for allegedly not caring about credibility. He also tweeted that he may set up a site that rates the credibility of news organizations, and call it "Pravda" — the name of an existing Russian newspaper that popped up in the Soviet Era.

Boris Johnson tricked by Russian prank caller posing as the Armenian prime minister

The UK foreign secretary duped into taking part in an 18-minute phone conversation with a Russian duo. Johnson was recorded laughing after Stolyarov made a jokey reference to the poisoning earlier this year of Sergei Skripal.
The MH17 plane after the crash in the Donetsk region of Ukraine in July 2014.

Investigators have for the first time directly linked the Russian military to the attack on Flight MH17

The Malaysia Airlines jet crashed into a field in war-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew members.
One of four Bulava ICBMs takes off from a submerged Russian submarine.

Russia displays massive nuclear force with a sub launching 4 missiles with the power of 160 Hiroshimas

Together, the missiles fired by Russia had a minimum combine explosive potential of 2,400 kilotons, or about 160 times the destructive force that hit Hiroshima near the close of World War II, Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project estimated.
President Donald Trump (L) and ex-British spy Christopher Steele.

John McCain describes how he received the Steele dossier that contains the most salacious allegations about Trump and Russia

Republican Senator John McCain provides intimate details of how he obtained the infamous Trump-Russia dossier in his new book, "The Restless Wave."
President Donald Trump has repeatedly called the Steele dossier "phony" and "fake."

John McCain addresses conspiracy theories about him and the salacious Trump-Russia dossier: ‘Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hellR...

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona dives deep into conspiracy theories regarding the salacious Trump-Russia dossier in his new book, "The Restless Wave," defending his decision to turn over the documents to former FBI Director James Comey.
US mechanized infantry troops at an official opening ceremony for joint US-Georgian exercise Noble Partner 2015 at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi, Georgia, May 11, 2015.

These are the 15 countries with the most troops ready to fight right now

Head-to-head comparisons of countries' armed forces have to compensate for a variety of factors, but the number of troops a country can commit to combat right away is a key factor in its military strength.