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Ex security adviser: Israel ‘not in control of the situation’ in Gaza

Former Israeli National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror.  /Olivier Fitoussi/Flash 90

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel, faced with withdrawal or conquest, has lost control over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a report said. The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Affairs has asserted that Israel lost the initiative in its conflict with […]

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Iraq forms brigades of Sunnis, Kurds in bid to take back Mosul

Iraqi Army forces clash with ISIL fighters west of Mosul.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraq has formed units to recapture a key city from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has approved the formation of units meant to contain […]

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ISIL launches first direct attacks on Syrian forces

ISIL fighters move artillery in Raqqa, northern Syria.  /Reuters

Special to NICOSIA — For the first time, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has launched a campaign against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. On July 24, hundreds of ISIL fighters attacked Syrian Army positions in […]

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Western nations evacuate embassies as Libya situation reaches ‘critical stage’

Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport on July 24.

Special to LONDON — Libya has been seeing the flight of its Western presence. Western governments, including the European Union and NATO, have been evacuating their embassies in Libya in late July. The evacuation came amid heavy fighting between […]

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Tunisia to get 12 U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in counter-terror deal

UH-60 Black Hawk

Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved a Tunisian request for U.S. military helicopters. Under the request, expected to be approved by Congress, Tunisia would receive 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in a sale […]

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Hamas still firing rockets from sites on Israeli military’s list of banned targets


Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has formed a list of banned targets of Hamas and its Palestinian militia allies in the Gaza Strip. Military sources said the Israel Air Force and Army drafted a joint list of […]

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On a surreal and tragic day, POTUS was in N.Y. but only the UN Security Council was engaged

Members of the security council unanimously adopt a resolution at United Nations headquarters on July 21.  /Seth Wenig/AP

UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. The horrific events over eastern Ukraine, that of a civilian airliner being shot out of the skies by a high altitude Sam 11 missile, seem almost the improbable grist of a […]

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Major rally against ‘Obama’s tyranny’ rocks liberal Massachusetts

Anti-illegal immigration rally in Boston on July 26.  /Twitter/Marc Lombardo

Special to By Grace Vuoto On a sweltering Saturday in July, approximately ten thousand protesters gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts state legislature and beyond in order to send a message to Gov. Deval Patrick and President Barack […]

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Saudis deploy 2,000 troops, three helicopter squadrons near Iraq

A member of the Saudi Border Guards stands guard next to a fence on Saudi Arabia's northern borderline with Iraq on July 14.  /Faisal Nasser/Reuters

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has sent attack helicopters and established a command and control center along the border with Iraq. Officials said the Defense Ministry and the National Guard Ministry were cooperating to bolster military […]

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Syrian drone shot down after entering Jordanian air space


Special to AMMAN — Jordan’s military has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle flying from neighboring Syria. The Jordanian military said anti-aircraft batteries intercepted a UAV that entered from Syria. The military said the UAV was detected by Jordan’s […]

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