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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

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

Ukraine hopes Russia joins debt deal

After completing a grueling debt renegotiation with its international creditors, Ukraine still has a large mountain to climb solving the problem of the $3 billion bond with Russia. Published October 2, 2015

The shell of pre-revolutionary building in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Photo by L. Todd Wood)

War Is ending in Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebel forces and the Ukrainian government have signed an agreement to withdraw weapons under 100mm caliber from the contact line in East Ukraine. I have met with and spoken with Ukrainian military sources here in Mariupol and can confirm this is beginning to happen. This development effectively ends the armed portion of the conflict in East Ukraine between Kyiv and pro-Russian separatists for the time being. Published October 1, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

North Korean defector: 'Regime will collapse within 10 years'

According to a recent defector from the hermit regime of North Korea, Kim Jong-un's brutal purge of the elite upper-echelon ranks within the Stalinist state has weakened his support among those in power and the people themselves. Published September 30, 2015

ISIS planning 'nuclear tsunami'

Nuclear annihilation across the globe. This is what a German reporter who successfully embedded with the Islamic State says the terror group is planning. Published September 28, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his U.N. speech, aims to project power and poke a geopolitical finger in America's eye, intelligence sources say. (Associated Press)

Putin: Breakup of USSR a great tragedy for Russians

TASS, the Russian state news service reported today on Vladimir Putin's comments to Charlie Rose in an interview held in the United States prior to Mr. Putin's speech to the United Nations. Published September 28, 2015

Artem Sytnyk, head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU)

Can this man save Ukraine?

Svitlana meets me at the building entrance, sharply dressed and professional. I find out later that she is a volunteer, hoping to earn a position at the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Published September 25, 2015

President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama to get Mideast marching orders from Putin

Now that President Obama has abdicated American leadership in the Middle East and wasted thousands of lives and a trillion dollars in the process, he has agreed to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his upcoming trip to New York City for a speech at the United Nations. Published September 24, 2015