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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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP/file)

Russia ready to send combat troops to Syria

Russian official news agency TASS reported Friday that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Russia is ready to send combat troops to Syria if "asked" by Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published September 18, 2015

Some security analysts say Russia's influence in Syria is the latest example of President Obama's inability to confront Vladimir Putin, who has refused to back down from military aggression in Ukraine despite harsh economic sanctions coordinated by the U.S. and its European allies. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Putin scares Obama in Syria, tees up sanctions relief

You have to hand it to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He really knows how to play the global game of chess with a weak hand and come out on top, always one step ahead of the Obama administration. Published September 17, 2015

The Cold War that Kennedy fought

After perusing the majority the Kennedy Presidential Daily Briefs, almost 2,500 documents, the overwhelming impression I gathered from this exercise is that the Soviet Union really was trying to take over the world. Published September 16, 2015

A South Korean man watches TV news program showing a file footage of the Unha rocket in North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. North Korea said Monday it is ready to launch satellites aboard long-range rockets to mark a key national anniversary next month, a move expected to rekindle animosities with its rivals South Korea and the United States. (AP Photo/ahn Young-joon)

No sign of North Korean launch preparations

Despite yesterday's pronouncement by the North Korean Director of the National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) that the world could expect a satellite launch in the near future, there are no overt preparations being made at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. Published September 15, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korea threatens U.S. nuclear attack

Before the ink is even dry on President Obama's Iran nuclear deal, the subject of the last nuclear agreement conducted with a rogue state by Democratic President Bill Clinton in the '90s, the North Korean Dear Leader, Kim Jong-un, has just threatened to nuke the United States. Published September 15, 2015

The USS Stark, its flag at half mast, limps toward Bahrain Tuesday, May 19, 1987, with a gaping and jagged hole in the hull below her bridge. Thirty-seven sailers were killed when a French-made Exocet missile exploded on the Stark after being fired at by an Iraq jet fighter Sunday night. (AP Photo/Zouhair Saade)

Could Iran destroy our Navy in the Persian Gulf?

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei sent a tweet titled, "If any war happens ..." Associated with the tweet was a staged video of Iran destroying U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf or Strait of Hormuz using small boat tactics with anti-ship missiles. Published September 14, 2015

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

Obama amid the redrawn Levant

Take a step back and look at what is going on in the Middle East from a 30,000-foot level and you won't like what you see. Published September 11, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad continues to be a thorn in U.S.-Russia talks for peace in the Middle East as the U.S. backs Mr. Assad while Russia supports nearby Iran against him. (Associated Press)

Russia admits troops in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Reuters Wednesday that Russia indeed has advisers in Syria training and assisting Assad government forces. Published September 9, 2015

A congressional aide said the legislation is aimed to thwart U.S. spy agencies from giving secrets to an investigation of NSA activities by a German parliamentary committee. The panel was formed after spying disclosures from renegade NSA contractor Edward Snowden. (Associated Press)

Snowden calls out Hillary from Moscow

From Russia, with love, Edward Snowden lashed out at his critics and slammed U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton during an online interview with Al Jazeera. From Russia, with love, Edward Snowden lashed out at his critics and slammed U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton during an online interview with Al Jazeera. Published September 7, 2015

Adm. Scott Swift, right, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. The commander sounded a conciliatory note toward China. "We have much more in common than we do in competition," Swift told reporters. He added, though, that the Navy is ready to respond to any situation that might arise, if called upon by the American president. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)

Chinese navy gives Obama an Alaskan welcome

As President Obama confirmed the Alaskan glaciers were melting in the summer, the Chinese navy gave our president a warm Alaskan welcome as he made his historic trip to the 49th state. Published September 3, 2015

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Monday, June 29, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Putin puts boots on the ground in Syria

Last month, the Obama administration squealed and complained to the Kremlin, when Iranian Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, visited Moscow in an apparent violation of a U.N. travel ban due to Soleimani's sponsorship of terrorism. Published September 1, 2015

Police officers give medical aid to a colleague after a grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)

Kiev erupts over status changes in the East per Minsk Agreement

Protests turned violent outside of the Ukrainian parliament today as lawmakers considered granting special status to the separatist regions in East Ukraine as required by the Minsk agreement negotiated between Germany, France, Russia, and Kiev. According to the Ukrainian government, MPs gave initial approval to the proposal; however, the deal's final passage is far from assured. Published August 31, 2015

People fish in a stream outside a steel factory in the Sea of Azov port city, Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The bulk of continued unrest along the 485-kilometer (300-mile) front lines, between Ukraine's government forces and Russia-backed rebels, has been concentrated around the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, but pitched battles are also taking place in the town of Shyrokyne, near the strategic port city of Mariupol. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Russia's dirty war in Ukraine

You have to wonder what the Kremlin has been thinking. I mean, did they really think they were going to get away with it? Published August 27, 2015

A Ukrainian serviceman fires a weapon at a front line in the eastern Ukrainian village of Krymske. Renewed clashes between the Ukrainian military and rebel forces have grown so intense during recent days that the leaders of France and Germany, who brokered a cease-fire in February, have called for a hastily arranged meeting Monday with Ukraine's pro-Western president. (Associated Press)

East Ukraine could be annexed soon

Much has been made in the media in recent weeks about the increased violence in East Ukraine between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia rebels of the Donetsk People's Republic, or DPR. Published August 21, 2015