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Russia is increasing military operations in eastern Ukraine, but the U.S. and NATO have not supplied urgently needed lethal weaponry to the Ukrainian army. Moscow has proposed restoring an agreed line of division to end an escalation of fighting. (Associated Press)

Russians advance on Ukraine

Russian military forces are crossing into eastern Ukraine in larger numbers, according to Phillip A. Karber, a Georgetown University professor currently on a fact-finding tour of the region.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years as a hostage, and perhaps after a failed ransom payment to an Afghan national. (Associated Press)

Pentagon IG to query five in Bergdahl ransom probe

Despite an official denial from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that a ransom was paid, the Pentagon's inspector general last week moved a step closer to launching a formal investigation into charges that the military's Joint Special Operations Command paid a large sum in a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan last year.

Among the top threats to U.S. national security is a potential "massive cyber-attack" launched by China, which has been "actively and aggressively refining its cyber warfare capabilities," says Bill Cowan. (Associated Press)

China: A cyberwarring state

China's strategy of large-scale cyberattacks is motivated mainly by the goal of keeping the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in power, in addition to gaining economic secrets and planning cyberattacks in a conflict, according to a new report by the Center for a New American Security.

 William A. Reinsch, National Foreign Trade Council President. CSPAN

Confessions of a panda hugger

William A. Reinsch, former undersecretary of commerce for export administration under President Bill Clinton, offered a surprising mea culpa in the latest annual report by the U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission made public earlier this month.

National Security Agency director Mike Rogers said the exercise "Cyber Flag" was "force-on-force" training, "fusing attack and defense across the full spectrum of military operations in a closed network environment." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cyber war games held

- The Washington Times

U.S. Cyber Command recently conducted large-scale digital war games that involved cyberattacks and defense against foreign strikes on critical infrastructure.

Islamic State demonstrators chant pro-al Qeada messages in Mosul. According to U.S. counterterrorism officials, both the North Africa-based al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have seen defections to the Islamic State in recent weeks. (Associated Press)

Al Qaeda, Islamic State teaming up

- The Washington Times

U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria have prompted several central al Qaeda groups, including its two most dangerous regional affiliates, to reconsider their opposition to the ultraviolent offshoot organization.

A check point near the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

CIA goes to war against Islamic State

- The Washington Times

Behind the scenes of the U.S. military preparations for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the al Qaeda offshoot terrorist group Islamic State, the CIA is gearing up for new drone strikes and a surge in intelligence-gathering operations to support it, according to U.S. officials.