Syrian rebel arms shipment stand-off
Differences between Western nations and Gulf monarchies led to the cargo vessel Lutfallah II being intercepted carrying a shipment of weapons for the Syrian Free Army. [...]
The US Army is the world’s most powerful conventional force and had extensive military means at its disposal, from M1 Abrams tanks to Apache helicopters and Gray Eagle reconnaissance drones, as well as a million soldiers.
Rivalry between President Nicolas Sarkozy and French Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande ahead of France's upcoming presidential poll has brought forward the deadline for French troops to leave Afghanistan from 2014, as was initially planned, to within the coming year. [...]