Bill Gertz and Adam Kredo

U.S. Spots Russian Commandos in Syria

Spetsnaz troops helping Syrian, Hezbollah, foreign forces near Aleppo, Latakia

APRussian special operations troops are working covertly in Syria to support an array of Iranian-backed fighters, including members of the international terrorist group Hezbollah, U.S. defense officials and counterterror experts say.

Chuck in the Muck

Hagel faulted for calling US “world bully” in Al Jazeera interview

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel on Thursday faced a barrage of criticism about his fitness to be the next defense secretary, including his agreement with a controversial statement that the United States is the “world’s bully.”

Hagel Hit Hard

Hagel hammered by Republicans for controversial views on
Iran, Iraq war, nuclear arms and Israel

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel came under harsh criticism from Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday for controversial views on Iran’s nuclear arms, the United States military surge in Iraq, plans to cut nuclear forces, and critical remarks about Israel.