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Iraq’s ambassador makes case for ‘precision U.S. air attacks’ as ISIL threatens oil, Jordan

Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Iraq has appealed to the United States for air strikes on Al Qaida. Iraq’s ambassador to the United States has urged the administration of President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. military intervention. Iraqi ambassador Lukman […]

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Bipartisan doubts: Obama provided no intelligence briefings on aid to Syrian rebels

Sen. Susan Collins.  /Pete Marovich/Zumapress.com

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress has expressed skepticism over a U.S. decision to relay $500 million in military aid to Syrian rebels. Leading members of the House and Senate are warning President Barack Obama of a blowback in the […]

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Israeli military stunned by scale of Hamas tunnel war infrastructure

Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has been shocked by the scope and methods of Hamas tunnel warfare. In at least one case, Hamas fighters have infiltrated Israel wearing Israeli military uniforms. “This is a threat to the south,” […]

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ISIL seizes 50 U.S. artillery batteries and up to 4,000 U.S. PKC machine guns

M198 155mm artillery

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been bolstered by the seizure of a fleet of U.S.-origin artillery batteries. Officials said ISIL has captured a huge amount of U.S. combat platforms and equipment deployed […]

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‘Whole city of terror tunnels’ discovered during Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza

Israeli Economy
Minister Naftali Bennett

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has begun its first major test in underground warfare. Military sources said the Israel Army was engaged in its first major campaign to detect and destroy Hamas’ huge underground network in the […]

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Hundreds of Syrian forces executed by ISIL after challenging capture of key gas field

ISIL fighters at the Syria-Iraq border.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian Army, in its first such ground operation, has sought to stop Al Qaida’s capture of a major natural gas field. The Syrian Army has been battling Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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15 Israeli soldiers killed as ground offensive reaches key city from which most rockets fired

Israeli tanks at the Gaza border.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The Israel Army has been struggling in ground operations in the Gaza Strip. The Army has reported the death of at least 15 soldiers in a 24-hour period in the Gaza Strip. Thirteen of […]

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Key Obama nominee, when pressed, says Turkey is turning from democracy

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged that Turkey was heading toward dictatorship. The administration of President Barack Obama has told Congress that Turkey was moving away from democracy. In a hearing, an administration nominee told the […]

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U.S. House members form Egypt Caucus, seek to restore full military aid

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress has overseen the formation of a lobbying group for Egypt. A group of House members have formed the Egypt Caucus in a campaign to restore U.S. military aid to Cairo. The House members, almost […]

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Islamists with ties to Erdogan openly incite violence against Turkey’s Jews

Islamists burn an Israeli flag outside the Israeli consulate in Ankara.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey, the biggest NATO supporter of Hamas, has overseen a backlash that threatens its ancient Jewish community as well as tens of thousands of Israeli tourists. Islamists linked to Turkey’s ruling party have attacked the […]

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