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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

Refugees wait on a bridge after police stopped them at the border between Austria and Germany in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

German intelligence: ISIS sending fighters disguised as refugees

After the San Bernardino shootings, President Obama made much of Donald Trump's call for Syrians and other nationalities requesting refugee status and/or asylum in the United States to be prevented from entering the country until we are able to figure out a process to adequately figure out if they are terrorists or not. Published February 5, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Associated Press/File)

Russia plans garage sale to pay the bills

Like a college student trying to pay the rent, Russia is lining up a fire sale of state-owned assets to plug holes in its federal budget. This week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the list of companies to be sold was not yet finalized but possibly could include the crown jewels Aeroflot and Rosneft. The sale would most likely take place in the second half of the year. Published February 4, 2016

With a Libyan flag on his automatic weapon, a soldier stands guard outside a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Libya's Transitional National Council President Mustafa Abdel-Jalil at the World Islamic Call Society Headquarters in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Top ISIS commanders taking refuge in Libya

In a shining example of the Obama administration's successful foreign policy in Libya (tongue in cheek), senior ISIS commanders from Iraq and Syria have been taking refuge in Libya as they view the North African nation as a safe haven. Published February 4, 2016

NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, US Gen. Philip M. Breedlove waits for the start of a meeting of NATO's Military Committee at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. In a one day meeting, NATO chiefs of defense will discuss issues of strategic importance to the Alliance ahead of the forthcoming Defense Ministers’ meeting in February. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Russia could overrun Baltics in 3 days

On the same day the Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, announced new resources being sought to strengthen Eastern European defenses from any possible Russian aggression, a report from the RAND corporation was released and states that with current force structure, Russia could overrun NATO defenses in the Baltics and be in Riga or Tallinn in under three days. Published February 3, 2016

Secretary of State John F. Kerry spoke with his Iranian counterpart to quickly resolve the hostage situation. (Associated Press)

Iran warns of more embarrassing photos of, info on captured U.S. sailors

Barack Obama's new friend in the Middle East, Iran, to which he just released $150 billion and paved the way for an eventual nuclear weapons capability, warned the United States it has more embarrassing photos and information from captured U.S. sailors that were recently released from Iranian custody. Published February 2, 2016

A Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35S (Wikimedia Commons) **FILE**

Russia deploys frontline fighter jets to Syria amid Turkish tension

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Monday that Su-35 fighters have been deployed to Hemeimeem air base in Syria. The Su-35 is Russia's most advanced fighter that is fielded in significant numbers. NATO designates the aircraft as the SU-35S Flanker-E. Published February 1, 2016

In this Feb. 24, 2007, photo, then-U.S. Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel listens in front of an Afghan national flag during a meeting with Afghan officials in an Afghan military base in Kabul, Afghanistan. A senior U.S. defense official says President Barack Obama is expected to choose Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, to succeed Army Gen. Lloyd Austin.  (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

Special Ops cmdr. demands White House stop disclosing mission details

Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and future commander of U.S. Central Command, sent a letter in early December to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter requesting that the executive branch stop disclosing details of special operator missions for political gain. Published February 1, 2016

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Renewing a call for constitutional changes that would turn Turkey's political system into a presidential one, Erdogan said he does not want the changes for himself but for Turkey's political stability. His comments Thursday were in response to critics who fear that Erdogan -who has already displayed increasingly authoritarian tendencies- is eyeing a one-man rule. (Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool via AP)

Did Russia again cross Turkish air space to pressure crude prices higher?

Turkey alleged Russia again violated its airspace near the Syrian border on Friday, accusing an SU-34 Fullback fighter bomber of the incursion while on a mission over northern Syria. The SU-34 is one of Russia's most advanced fighter bombers and can carry air to air missiles for an air superiority role. Published January 31, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a regional meeting of pro-Kremlin United Peoples' Front in Stavropol, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Putin has said that the Russian air campaign in Syria will last for as long as it's necessary to support the Syrian army's offensive. During a meeting with students on a visit to Stavropol in southern Russia, he said Moscow's goal is to help Damascus defeat "terrorists." (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The coming end game for Russia

There was a whiff of desperation in the Russian Energy Minister's comments Thursday that Saudi Arabia had offered a 5 percent cut in production in a deal with Russia to stem the collapse in crude oil prices. Of course, the Saudis immediately denied the existence of such an offer. Published January 28, 2016

North Korean soldiers parade through Kim Il Sung Square with their missiles and rockets during a mass military parade, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korea possibly preparing new ballistic-missile launch

North Korea may possibly be ready to launch another ballistic missile from its Tongchang-ri test site. This news was leaked from the Japanese government to Japan's Kyodo news agency, reported Sky News. The conclusion was drawn from activity at the location gleaned from Japanese satellite images of the area. Published January 28, 2016

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, heads the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Netanyahu: U.N. encouraging terror

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of encouraging and supporting terrorism. Published January 27, 2016

The grim news comes with less than a year left for President Obama to put the Affordable Care Act on firmer footing as he seeks to head off what is likely to be a last effort at repealing the act after November's elections. (Associated Press)

White House attempts to undermine Putin's grip on power

It seems the White House has decided try and de-legitimize Russian President Vladimir Putin in the eyes of the Russian people in an attempt to weaken his hold on power as the Russian economy weakens. Published January 26, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walk to their seats for a meeting about Syria, in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, before Kerry was to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. Kerry’s trip is expected to last nine days and to encompass stops in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Laos, Cambodia, and China. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Russia decides to trade East Ukraine for sanctions relief

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry said in Davos that sanctions against Russia could be removed in a period of a few months. The diplomatic, public statements along with movement of Western diplomats on the ground, meeting with their Russian counterparts, suggest Moscow has chosen to trade East Ukraine for sanctions relief to save their plummeting economy. Published January 23, 2016

A Russian ground attack aircraft is prepared for a combat mission at Hemeimeem air base in Syria Wednesday Jan. 20, 2016. Russian warplanes have flown over 5,700 combat missions since Moscow launched its air campaign in Syria on Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov)

Why would Russia want to build an air base near Turkey?

Russia may possibly be exploring a base near the Syrian border with Turkey to build another air base to support Russian offensive air operations against anti-Assad forces and the Islamic State. Russia has been steadily expanding its presence in the Middle East in concert with Syrian forces and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Published January 22, 2016

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (Associated Press/File)

Ukraine pushing back against fiscally weak Russia

Russia is hurting economically and Ukraine knows it. Ukraine is suffering massive financial stress as well, but it has the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) on its side. Russia doesn't, and Russia is running out of money. Published January 21, 2016

Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov talks with press in the Chechen regional capital, Grozny, Russia, in this Oct. 5, 2014 photo. A gun battle broke out after midnight Thursday  Dec. 4, 2014 in the capital of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, puncturing the patina of stability ensured by years of heavy-handed rule by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.  (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File)

Will Russia let loose the Chechens?

With the czar's kingdom under economic stress as the price of crude oil heads downward toward $20 and the Russian ruble hits an all-time low against the U.S. dollar, many are wondering if the Kremlin has let loose its Chechen warlord to stifle any opposition or dreams of democracy in the Russian Federation. Published January 20, 2016