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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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Iraqi Army tries, and fails in third bid to re-take Tikrit from ISIL

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — The Iraq Army has launched a third campaign to capture a key northern city. The Army deployed several thousand soldiers and Shi’ite volunteers in an operation to drive out Islamic State of Iraq and Levant […]

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China media’s tribute to Xi’s ‘double-fisted’ foreign policy counters critics at home, SE Asia

A screen at a Beijing junction shows a speech by Xi Jinping.  /Wang Wei/EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A People’s Daily commentary on the one-and-half-year rule of President Xi Jinping has thus characterized the Chinese strongman’s unique approach to foreign policy: alternatively using tough and soft tactics so as to close the gap […]

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Israeli intel reports major coup plot by Hamas against Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.  /Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel’s intelligence community has disclosed a Hamas plot against the Palestinian Authority. The Israel Security Agency reported a Hamas plot to oust PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. ISA said Hamas’ military network […]

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China non-combat personnel includes high-profile mistress-generals

People's Liberation Army soldiers perform a musical drama as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in August 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com China has the world’s largest military force in terms of total number of personnel. However, the PLA also distinguishes itself for keeping a large number of non-combat military personnel who have often been promoted faster and […]

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Saudi dissident: Royal family members were paid millions for family intel

Mohammed Bin Zayed is said to have bought control of Saudi intelligence.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The Saudi royal family is said to have been engaged in regional bribery. A leading anonymous Saudi dissident, known only as Mujtahidd, asserted that senior Saudi officials as well as royal family members were receiving […]

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U.S. intel on ISIL’s confident terror plans for West: ‘What they have is momentum’

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an infrastructure in the West. Officials said ISIL was establishing sleeper cells in the European Union in what could […]

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Moscow diverts attention from downed airliner with U.S. sub narrative

Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com One day after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Russia jet fighters aggressively confronted a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace and chased it into Swedish airspace. The incident barely registered as a […]

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Egypt’s Sisi calls on Congress to renew military aid, faults West for Libya’s collapse

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi meets with U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has urged the United States to support the Arab state’s counter-insurgency campaign. Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi called on Washington to renew support for the CI campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaida. […]

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Israeli ministers angered by Netanyahu’s concessions to Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel’s government appears divided over Hamas demands to end the war with the Jewish state. Officials reported rising tension within the Cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They said many ministers were angry over concessions […]

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