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U.S. air strikes target ISIL drive to expand energy assets

U.S. air strikes are now targeting ISIL position in northern Syria. /  Technical Sergeant Kevin Wallace / Reuters / U.S. Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant is acting to expand its energy assets in Syria, the cash flow from which has made it wealthiest terrorist organization in recent history. The attack came in wake of […]

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Turkey relents, allows some Kurdish forces to defend Kobane

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Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has allowed Kurdish forces to enter Syria to save a northern enclave from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. On Oct. 29, an 80-vehicle convoy by Kurdistan’s military entered Turkey and hours later reached […]

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South Koreans: Too stressed to appreciate their new status as coolest Asians

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Many Koreans don’t know it, but Korea is cool. Three newly published books say so. Two of them even have “cool” in the title — “The Birth of Korean Cool” by Euny Hong, […]

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U.S. warns Americans in Egypt of attacks by jihadists

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The United States has warned its nationals of Islamic attacks in Egypt. The U.S. embassy in Cairo said Americans could come under attack by Al Qaida-aligned insurgents. In a warning, the State Department’s Bureau of […]

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Military warns Israel: Iron dome won’t help against Hizbullah

A missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system in Ashdodl, Israel in response to a rocket launched from Gaza Strip on Nov. 18, 2012. / Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has warned that Iron Dome would be ineffective in any war against Hizbullah. Officials said the Israel Air Force would be unable to stop massive missile and rocket salvos by the Iranian-sponsored […]

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N. Korean military provocations on border seen as pressure tactics on South to ease sanctions

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea plans to increase military activities along the heavily fortified border with South Korea, sources and analysts here said. “A string of moves have been detected [indicating] that the North’s […]

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President Obama seen curtailing support for Israel after midterm elections

Goldberg wrote that 'relations between Israel and the United States were moving toward a "full-blown crisis.' / Atlantic

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was said to be preparing to end diplomatic support for Israel by 2015, according to a leading U.S. journalist. The journalist, who enjoys close ties to the White House, said the United […]

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Lockheed Martin launches production F-35A jet fighters at reduced costs

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has begun producing the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter for several nations, including Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan and Norway. The Defense Department has reached agreement with L-M to launch low-rate initial production of […]

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Qatar emerging as top client for U.S. advanced military platforms despite radical ties

Qatar ordered 10 PAC-3 ballistic missile defense batteries

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Qatar became the leading U.S. defense client in 2014. Significantly, among the Gulf Arab states, Qatar has the closest ties with Iran, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials said Qatar ordered a third of U.S. […]

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Xi’s steamrolling agenda for first time encounters turbulence at major party meeting

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The much-awaited Fourth Plenary Session of the Central Committee closed in Beijing on Oct. 23 with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership vowing to “improve the socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics.” […]

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