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Javelin anti-tank missiles, T-72 tanks and Bayraktar TB2 drones are just some of the weapons that other nations have sent to Ukraine. Getty Images, Associated Press, Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Department of Defense

Ukraine receives weapons support from around the world

An arms trade expert explains the wide variety of military aid nations around the world have sent to Ukraine.
A team of German pilots wrote “Stop the War” in the sky above Mainz, Germany, on March 9, 2022. Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images

Ukraine wants a no-fly zone. What does this mean, and would one make any sense in this war?

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked the US to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Doing so in this kind of international conflict would be unprecedented and might not make sense.
In this March 4, 2022, photograph, Ukrainian soldiers stand guard outside the train station in Irpin, Ukraine. Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times

In 2014, the ‘decrepit’ Ukrainian army hit the refresh button. Eight years later, it’s paying off

Though the Russian army dwarfs the strength of the Ukrainian army, the underdog has managed to resist during the early days of the Russian invasion. Military reforms are part of the reason.
The rubble after the raid on Islamic State group leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed

Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi had led the terrorist group since 2019. His death may lead to uncertainty over who will replace him but may not signal the group’s demise.
The U.S. army conducts a military training exercise for emergencies in Germany on Jan. 27, 2022. Armin Weigel/picture alliance via Getty Images

Biden sending more troops to Eastern Europe – 3 key issues behind the decision

President Joe Biden is deploying 3,000 troops to support NATO in Eastern Europe. By doing so, Biden enters both a regional conflict and tangled legal territory.
Over there, over there (again). Omar Marques/Getty Images

The US military presence in Europe has been declining for 30 years – the current crisis in Ukraine may reverse that trend

The Pentagon has announced that as many as 8,500 troops have been put on standby to be deployed in Europe as a counter to the threat of the Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s eastern border.
U.S. Army soldiers walk to their C-17 cargo plane for departure on May 11, 2013, at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

After Afghanistan, US military presence abroad faces domestic and foreign opposition in 2022

If the United States expects to sustain its global influence, it will have to navigate increasing international and domestic pressure against its foreign military presence.
A Taliban fighter, wearing U.S. clothing and carrying U.S. weapons, looks through a captured night-vision device. Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Taliban, Islamic State arm themselves with weapons US left behind

Despite efforts to prevent militant groups from getting weapons, they often get their hands on U.S. equipment and use it to attack American troops.

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