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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

Articles by L. Todd Wood

Under portraits of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, top left, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani sits in a meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic at the presidency office in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

More evidence of Iranian ‘peaceful’ intent

As a follow-on to our recent piece on Iran's aggressive behavior since the Iran nuclear 'deal,' we report today on the fabulous hoot'nanny in Tehran to celebrate the 36th anniversary of Iran seizing the U.S. embassy and holding scores of Americans hostage for 444 days. Published November 5, 2015

This May 28, 2015 photo shows a wall of electoral banners for the Socialist Party in Chisinau, Moldova. Multiple Moldovan police and judicial authorities say a breakdown in cooperation between Russia and the West means that it is much harder to know whether smugglers are finding ways to move parts of Russia's vast store of radioactive materials. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

L. TODD WOOD: New East-West flashpoint: Moldova

The tiny former Soviet republic of Moldova has been simmering for months as demonstrations erupt almost daily in the capital of Chisinau. The country has been unstable and mired in corruption since the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. However, the theft of more than $1 billion, a fifth of the nation's gross domestic product, has shaken the country to its core. Published October 29, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, May 30, 2015.  Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats are gathering in Geneva this weekend, hoping to bridge differences over a nuclear inspection accord and economic sanctions on Tehran. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

L. TODD WOOD: Obama administration confirms Iran’s Mideast hegemony

In a sad and almost humorous development in the Middle Eastern saga of American abdication of leadership, the Obama administration has invited Iran to sit at the table in the Syrian peace talks to be held in Vienna this week. Russia, Syria and Turkey will also attend the talks. The White House is spinning Iran's invitation as a positive way for any eventual peace deal to be more sustainable. Published October 28, 2015

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

L. TODD WOOD: 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

L. TODD WOOD: 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)

L.TODD WOOD: Putin for emperor?

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)

L. TODD WOOD: 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)

L. TODD WOOD: 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

Supporters of the Syrian government hold a pro-Russian banner as they show their support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and to thank Russia and China for blocking a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria for its brutal crackdown, during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria, in this Oct. 12, 2011, file photo. Russian President Vladimir Putin is winning plaudits from many Syrians and Iraqis, who see Russia's military intervention in Syria as a turning point after more than a year of largely ineffectual efforts by the U.S.–led coalition battling the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File)

L. TODD WOOD: 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

L. TODD WOOD: 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

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, a bomb is released from Russian Su-34 strike fighter in Syria. Activists report intense fighting between insurgents and Syrian troops in the country’s center amid new territorial gains for the government, backed by Russian airstrikes. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

L: TODD WOOD: 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