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Return of the contractors: Pentagon eyes private sector to back Iraq Army

U.S. contractors in Iraq in 2008.  /Gervasio Sanchez/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, nearly three years after its withdrawal, has turned to private military contractors to help the Iraq Army. The U.S. Army has launched a search for contractors that could support military operations in […]

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ISIL hit U.S. F-15 with anti-aircaft batteries captured from Iraq

ISIL fighters on top of a captured military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria.  /Raqqa Media Center/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been operating anti-aircraft batteries stolen from the Iraqi military. Officials said the U.S. military has determined that ISIL deployed an unspecified number of anti-aircraft artillery to counter Western […]

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Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President

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Special to WorldTribune.com Billy and Karen Vaughn After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who […]

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Iran sends 81st division, tanks, helicopters into northern Iraq

Kurdish sources say this photos shows elements of Iran's 81st Division in Khaneghein, northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has deployed combat units in Iraq. Iraqi Kurdish sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has sent thousands of soldiers to northern Iraq to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The sources […]

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Turkey’s overlooked role in rise of latest ‘Islamic Caliphate’, and what’s coming next

Map released by ISIS.

Special to WorldTribune.com Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Much has been spewed forth about the seemingly inexorable and sudden rise, steeped in blood, of a chimeric new “state”, the so-called Islamic Caliphate. It has occupied land seized from […]

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Snowballing ISIL threat has revived terrorism, endangers international order

Mehdi Nemmouche, a suspect in Brussels Jewish museum shooting.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Fariborz Saremi The military success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq is a propaganda coup for the recruitment of western jihadists who could pose a domestic terror threat to countries […]

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Gov. Perry: ‘Very real possibility’ ISIL has already exploited unsecured U.S. southern border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has become concerned over the prospect of infiltration by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials have acknowledged that ISIL could honor its threat to attack the United States. They said […]

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Guns of August: A century after , the U.S. is aloof

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By John J. Metzler VIENNA, Austria–The countdown started in Sarajevo in June 1914, the conflagration followed in August. The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb nationalist set in motion a series of events in which the great […]

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ISIL’s Al Baghdadi flees Iraq for Syria as U.S. steps up air strikes

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The commander of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was said to have fled Iraq amid U.S. air strikes on Kurdistan. Officials said ISIL commander Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi left his headquarters in the northern […]

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Sen. Cruz: ‘Why is President Obama selling AMRAAM missiles to Turkey but blocking Hellfires for Israel?’

Sen. Ted Cruz

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite concern from Congress, has defended arms sales to Turkey. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama would maintain U.S. weapons exports to Turkey amid concerns that the NATO ally was […]

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