Seizing on the conflict in Georgia, East European countries are pushing for strong measures against an aggressive Moscow they say they know all too well.
Oil-pipeline routes, market leverage make struggle a 'battle for energy.'
This week's offensive is the latest setback to plans for the Nabucco pipeline, designed to wean Europe off Russian energy giant Gazprom.
The US bid to promote a fourth round of sanctions may get lost amid sharp dispute over Russian military action in Georgia.
American effort to spread democracy wanes in post-Iraq era.
Moqtada al-Sadr instructed his militiamen to join a new social wing of his anti-American Shiite army.