NATO members will consider new steps this week to avoid airspace confrontations with Moscow over Syria after Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane.
Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet along the Syrian-Turkish border has alarmed America’s Arab allies, who fear another such incident could lead to a “very hot response” by Moscow that could sabotage the fight against the Islamic State.
The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides a style of hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it can be unstable.
To Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, the Gray Zone is a familiar place of ambiguity. It’s a place where the Islamic State operates. A place where Russia has taken on Ukraine. And it’s home to many other spots, hot, lukewarm or otherwise, around the globe.