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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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U.S. begins recon missions over Syria, weighs attacks on ISIL strongholds

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been examining the feasibility of additional attacks on Al Qaida strongholds in Syria. Officials said President Barack Obama authorized air reconnaissance operations over Syria and was examining the prospect of additional […]

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Israel’s ‘Flying Camel Squadron’ confirmed, tracked bomb targets

Israeli Flying Camel Squadron plane

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has detailed an air reconnaissance unit that approves strikes in urban areas. The Israel Air Force has provided a glimpse of the Flying Camel Squadron, an air group that oversees and approves […]

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Iran opens another uranium factory, again denies access to Parchin nuclear site

Ali Salehi

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has opened a uranium factory meant to produce fuel for nuclear reactors. The Iranian Atomic Energy Agency said it oversaw the launch of the uranium dioxide factory in Isfahan. The agency said the facility […]

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Libya pleads for West to help defend oil fields

Libya's Zuetina oil terminal.  /Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Libya has again appealed for international assistance to protect its crude oil fields. Officials said Libya has sought Western and other assistance to defend critical facilities from Islamist militias. They said the most immediate militia […]

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Assad confirms ISIL has taken ‘full control’ of key Syrian province


Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has captured the last military base in a northern Syrian province. ISIL has seized the Syrian Air Force base at Tabqa in a battle in which more than 500 […]

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Libyan jihadists complain Egypt’s F-16s backing Gen. Haftar campaign

A plane engulfed in flames at Tripoli International Airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have been accused of launching air strikes on Islamist militias in Libya. Anti-government militias operating in Tripoli said they have come under attack from aircraft sent by Egypt and […]

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U.S. revises intel on Al Qaida: Iran sent aid via Turkey to jihadists in Syria

An advertisement in Afghanistan about Iran-based Al Qaida financier Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, also known as Yassin Al Suri.   /PAJHWOK/Ahmad Quraishi

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. alert of a mass-casualty strike on Independence Day marked a revised assessment of Al Qaida by the American intelligence community. Al Qaida is like the Internet: It can be moved anywhere as […]

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Israel levels apartment building housing Hamas military command emptied of civilians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel was said to have destroyed Hamas military headquarters in the Gaza Strip. Military sources said the Israel Air Force targeted a 13-story building in Gaza City that contained the Hamas command center. They […]

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