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L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.

Articles by L. Todd Wood

Hezbollah Missiles Supplied by Iran Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hezbollah leader: After Syria, we set our sights on Israel

n an appearance in Beirut over the weekend to celebrate a Shia Muslim holy day, Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah stated that "Israel is a tool that is being used by the West to take control of the Middle East region, that's why the West defends it." Published October 26, 2015

Illustration on the need to aid the Kurdish Peshmerga by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

U.S. soldier dies aiding allied Kurdish fighters

Upon receiving intelligence of an impending mass execution, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were airlifted at night into the target area by American special operations aviation and backed up by American special forces, including Delta Force operators of the U.S. Army. Published October 23, 2015

A man passes by a poster with an artwork showing Russian President Vladimir Putin as Spanish artist Salvador Dali during the "Putin Universe" exhibition in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Artists have drawn the Russian president using 30 heroic themes originating from different countries and world epochs at a two-day exhibition in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates his 63rd birthday on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Putin's Syria campaign boosts his ratings

The Russian Public Opinion Research Center, known as VTsIOM, posted on its website Thursday that Vladimir Putin had reached an all-time high popularity rating with approximately 90 percent of Russians approving of his leadership. Published October 22, 2015

"I don't think it posed a national-security problem," President Obama told an interviewer for the CBS program "60 Minutes" regarding Hillary Rodham Clinton's email controversy. (Associated Press)

The leader of the Free World is corrupt

When President Obama was asked about Hillary Rodham Clinton's email problem last Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes" he said, "I don't think it posed a national security problem. I think that it was a mistake that she has acknowledged ... I can tell you that this is not a situation in which America's national security was endangered." Published October 18, 2015

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, talks during a North Atlantic Council Meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday July 28, 2015. For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors met in emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in response. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

NATO shoots down possible Russian drone on Syrian-Turkish border

After days of tension on the Syrian-Turkish border between the Russian expeditionary force and Turkish aircraft, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, Turkey says that it has downed an unidentified, unmanned vehicle, or drone, which had flown approximately two kilometers inside Turkish airspace. American officials have said it is most likely a Russian drone. Published October 16, 2015

President Jimmy Carter prepares to address the American people on nationwide television from the Oval Office at the White House, April 25 ,1980 in Washington, on the failed mission to rescue the American hostages from Iran. (AP Photo)

Liberals can't see what's coming

Every 30-40 years, riding some type of generational learning curve, the United States must suffer through a spasm of socialist lunacy and suffer the consequences. Published October 15, 2015

Iran, Russia team up to target U.S.-backed Syrian rebel forces

Iran has begun to deploy large numbers of troops into the Syrian civil war under the protection of Russian air power. Upwards of 1,500 Iranian fighters are now in-country with more on the way. This complements Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, which are being reinforced as well. Published October 14, 2015

Illustration on Iran's "North Korean strategy" for developing nuclear weapons by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

N. Korea can strike U.S. with nuclear ICBMs

Since the last nuclear deal, when then-Democratic President Bill Clinton channeled future President Barack Obama and told the world how great the "deal" was for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and how North Korea would not achieve nuclear weapon status, much has changed. Published October 13, 2015

Russia foils ISIS-trained terror attack on Moscow

Russian FSB agents today arrested six Russian citizens at a Moscow apartment who were apparently planning to detonate an explosive device in similar strength to that used in the Ankara bombings. The explosion was to be carried out on Moscow public transportation. Published October 12, 2015

Jazz festival in Moscow

Do you remember?

While conducting some reporting on the former Soviet Union, I recently had the distinct pleasure of being invited to a free jazz, big band concert in Moscow, held during one of many music festivals Published October 11, 2015

Sderot, Israel, on the Gaza border, in July 2014. (Photo by L. Todd Wood)

The rockets from Gaza begin again

To continue on our reporting on terrorist violence in Israel, spurred by the lack of American leadership in the Middle East, on Friday the first rocket in months from Gaza landed in Israel. It seems Hamas, which controls the territory, has decided to get involved in the outbreak of attacks on Jews in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the Jewish State. Published October 10, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) ** FILE **

Massive spike in terror attacks in Jerusalem, elsewhere in Israel

We wrote here last week about the possibility of a significant increase in violence against Israel as the Obama administration leaves the Middle East to the clutches of the new axis of Russia, Iran and the Assad regime in Syria. The only real democracy in the region is left to fend for itself. Published October 9, 2015

This image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Syrian Revolutionary Command Council in Hama, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke rising after a Russian airstrike hit buildings in the town of Latamna in the area of Hama in Eastern Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (Syrian Revolutionary Command Council in Hama via AP Video) MANDATORY CREDIT

Russia, Iran planned Syria assault during nuclear talks

The situation on the ground in Syria for the Assad regime had been deteriorating for some time as rebel forces advanced and inflicted significant losses on Syrian government forces, threatening Russia's naval base in Tartus and Iran's influence in the region. Published October 7, 2015

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift talks during an interview with journalists Friday, July 17, 2015 in Manila, Philippines.  The new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet has assured allies that American forces are well-equipped and ready to respond to any contingency in the South China Sea, where long-seething territorial disputes have set off widespread uncertainties. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander warns of all out war

The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Scott Swift, while speaking to the Pacific 2015 expo in Sydney, Australia, has warned of all out war in the Pacific if regional powers do not respect freedom of the seas and international law. Published October 7, 2015

Putin outwits Obama on Iranian missile deal illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Vladimir Putin, the chess master

For sometime, I have been saying the last few years of the Obama administration would be a very dangerous time for America and the world because of the complete abdication of American leadership on the global stage. Now, it is coming true due to the mastery of the great game by Vladimir Putin. Published October 6, 2015

Soviet Union and Russian Victory banner

The communists among us

OK, watch out! Incoming! I'm going to let them have it, full bore. Having just spent a month in the former Soviet Union, specifically Russia and Ukraine, I'm going to say some things that many Americans won't want to hear. But these things need to be said. As the old saying goes, truth is the best medicine. Published October 2, 2015