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U.S. allies blocked from arming Kurds against ISIL forces fighting with stolen U.S. weapons

Kurdish fighters in Syria.  /Reuters

Special to U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly blocked allies in the Middle East from delivering heavy weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The Kurds have alone proven successful in pushing back ISIL […]

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Egypt on ‘war’ footing, launches air strikes on ISIL branch in Sinai

Smoke rises in Egypt’s North Sinai as seen from the border from the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt, on July 1.  /Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Special to Egyptian warplanes conducted air strikes on affiliates of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in North Sinai on July 2. Security sources reported that 23 Sinai-based insurgents affiliated with ISIL were killed in the strikes. The […]

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Bloody Friday: Last week in France and Tunisia, next week closer to home?

Eight hearses were used in a procession through the Oxfordshire town of Brize Norton.

Special to By John J. Metzler PARIS — “Terrorism: the Shockwave of Bloody Friday,” headlined the French daily Le Monde, after a series of deadly, coordinated, and barbaric attacks by radical Islamists on three continents. The massacre of twenty-eight […]

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Tale of two embassies: Ted Cruz slams Obama’s Cuba move as ‘slap in the face’ to Israel

Sen. Ted Cruz.  /AP

Special to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on July 1 blasted President Barack Obama’s decision to open a U.S. embassy in Cuba. The Texas senator, who is running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said that to “have an embassy […]

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Slaughter on the ‘Northern Limit Line': A day for war and soccer

Scene from a new film 'Northern Limit Line' that has generated widespread interest in South Korea.

Special to By Donald Kirk, For several hours on June 29, 2002, images of warships in the West or Yellow Sea filled television screens in Korea. I was in Seoul watching avidly as reports of a raging battle […]

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Defector: Defense minister executed for challenging budget decision


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, North Korea’s cash flow has tightened significantly due to its growing trade deficit and internal struggles over the allocation of funds from the exports of natural resources. The country’s trade deficit jumped 41.2 […]

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The elites’ problem with Donald Trump: He’s not for sale

There are reasons for the media’s bizarre, almost hysterical reaction to Trump’s candidacy.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner The media establishment is having a cardiac arrest. The reason? Donald Trump has thrown his hat into the Republican presidential race. The billionaire businessman is a straight shooter, known for his bluntness and tough talk. Unlike most […]

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ISIL threatens to ‘uproot state of the Jews’, take down ‘secularist’ Palestinians and Hamas

ISIL jihadists.

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) released a video on June 30 in which it promised to “uproot the state of the Jews” and remove “Hamas dictators” in Gaza. “We will uproot the state of the […]

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Coordinated attacks kill at least 20 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai near Gaza, Israel

Egyptian President, Abdul Fatah Sisi addresses mourners at the funeral of chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat.  /Mena/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Special to Officials say at least 20 Egyptian security personnel were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in North Sinai on July 1 carried out by the Egypt affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The […]

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Iran-backed Houthis pound Aden, kill 20 civilians; 1,200 escape from Yemen prison


Special to Houthi rebels unleashed a rocket attack on Aden that killed 20 civilians and wounded 41 on July 1. The Iran-backed forces fired 15 Katyusha rockets at the Al-Mansura district of Aden, controlled by forces loyal to Yemeni […]

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