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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

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses before speaking during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says NATO members stand ready to step up military efforts against the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

John Kerry itching to appease adversary

Having never met an adversary he didn't want to appease, Secretary of State John Kerry continues this practice today at NATO headquarters. Published December 2, 2015

Vladimir Putin   Associated Press photo

Russia tests anti-satellite missile

In a further escalation of the space arms race, Russia has launched and tested an anti-satellite missile on Nov. 18. The missile system, called the Nudol, seems to be part of the missile defense system and has a limited anti-satellite capability. Published December 2, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, 2nd left, gestures as foreign ministers gather for a group photo at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. The NATO summit will take place in Warsaw in July 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

NATO to offer membership to Montenegro

Russia will surely not like the announcement that NATO is going to offer membership to the tiny, former Yugoslav nation of Montenegro. Published December 1, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, flanked by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, visits the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/SPUTNIK, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian military builds up in Syria and Japan

In spite of the shrinking Russian economy, the negative impact on the Russian federal budget from low oil prices and an expensive adventure in Crimea and East Ukraine, the Russian military is expanding its offshore basing options from Syria to the disputed Kuril Islands of Japan. Published December 1, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens on Capitol Hill in Washington,  Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region. Carter said the U.S. is deploying a new special expeditionary force to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces fight Islamic State militants.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S commits to ground troops against ISIS

In an appearance before the House Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the formation and deployment of a new "specialized expeditionary targeting force against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Published December 1, 2015

In this image made from video taken on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, Kurdish security forces are seen in a tunnel complex under the city of Sinjar, northern Iraq that were used by Islamic State fighters to move undetected and avoid coalition airstrikes before the town was retaken from the militants. (AP Photo via AP video)

U.S. troops have been battling ISIS for a long time

Last year, the Obama administration deployed 300 advisers to help the Iraqis oppose the Islamic State. According to the president, these troops would be training and assisting allied troops but "American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again." Published November 30, 2015

This Oct. 22, 2015 file photo shows destruction at Beiji oil refinery during the military operations, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The United States and Russia are going after the Islamic State's oil industry, destroying refineries and hundreds of tanker trucks transporting oil from eastern Syria in a heavy bombardment in recent days aiming to break the extremists' biggest source of income.  (AP Photo/File)

Turkey buying ISIS oil

Former Iraqi member of Parliament Mowaffak al Rubaie has accused Turkey of turning a blind eye to the black market ISIS oil trade. Published November 30, 2015

Kremlin says it's 'fully mobilized' to deal with Turkish threat

If anyone has forgotten, Turkey is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, where the United States and other members have a duty to come to Turkey's aid if the alliance receives an Article 5 treaty request. An attack on one alliance member is considered an attack on all. Geopolitical analysts have wondered if Russia's response to Turkey shooting down a Russian fighter plane would draw NATO into a conflict with the Russian Federation. Published November 28, 2015

American Pastor Bill Devlin (far right) sits with three Yazidi girls who retold the terrible ordeal of the killing and raping of their family and Iraqi village. The girls were rescued.

Michelle Obama silent on plea from Christian Yazidis

Yazidi politician Vian Dakhil is a member of the Iraqi Parliament. She is also the one beacon of hope for thousands of Yazidi children who have been kidnapped for use as sex slaves or to brainwash into ISIS fighters. Published November 27, 2015

People drapped in the national flag walk past a building decorated with French flags in Paris, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. French President Francois Hollande called on his compatriots to hang French tricolor flags on Friday to pay homage to the 130 victims of the Nov. 13 attacks, an unusual appeal by a Socialist leader in a country where flag-waving is often associated with nationalists and the far right. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Could France go over to Russian side?

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stated Friday that Syrian government troops could be used in the fight against the Islamic State after French President Hollande met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Published November 27, 2015

A Chinese honor guard member adjusts a fellow member's uniform before a welcome ceremony for the Czech Republic's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. In an effort to boost economic ties and influence in the region, China's top leaders met with leaders from central and eastern European countries in Beijing this week. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China organizes for war

China is preparing to project power around the world. The communist dictatorship announced Thursday the establishment of its first offshore military outpost in the African nation of Djibouti. Published November 27, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lay flowers at the monument to the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Yekaterinburg, the city in the Ural mountains, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. The sign reads Yeltsin. (Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)

Turkey cements Putin's hold on Russia

From the "Nazis" in Ukraine to the terrorists in the Middle East, Vladimir Putin is very good at using international incidents to keep the Russian public's mind off their problems at home. Published November 25, 2015

Mike Myers as Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers series.

Dr. Evil banishes No. 2

The South Korean Intelligence Service (NIS) has told the country's parliament that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has banished his No. 2, Choe Ryong Hae, to a farm in the North Korean countryside for re-education. Published November 25, 2015

A Russian air force Mi-26 helicopter, front, flies over Red Square during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Host photo agency/RIA Novosti Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Russian helicopter shot down while searching for downed pilot: report

The Free Syrian Army, whom Russian aircraft have been targeting in northern Syria to support the Assad regime, says it has shot down a Russian rescue helicopter while it was searching for the Russian pilots who parachuted from their SU-24 after being hit with a Turkish air to air missile. Published November 24, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Earlier Tuesday  Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. "We are looking into the circumstances of the crash of the Russian jet," Russia's Defense Ministry said. "The Ministry of Defense would like to stress that the plane was over the Syrian territory throughout the flight."(Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP)

How will Vladimir Putin respond to Russian jet shot down by NATO member?

Turkey has shot down a Russian fighter jet, saying the SU-24 was warned repeatedly while flying in Turkish airspace. It seems both pilots have been killed, although there are some preliminary reports that one of the pilots was captured by Syrian rebels. Published November 24, 2015

This photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 shows  an ammunition depot hit during the attack of Russian warplanes in Syria. Russia's President Vladimir Putin was in Tehran on Monday for talks with Iranian leaders expected to focus on the Syrian crisis and an international peace plan intended to end the conflict. (AP Photo/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russian troops join the fight in Syria

Russian troops have joined the fight in Syria, pushing rebel forces fighting the Assad regime from a prominent elevations and strategic positions in-country. Published November 23, 2015