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Iran flaunts sanctions, new U.S. R-44 helicopters ‘acquired through dealers’

An Iranian company displayed four new R-44 U.S. helicopters during the air exhibition on Nov. 20. /  Zohreh Saberi / Mehr News / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has displayed its success in evading Western sanctions on aircraft exports. An Iranian company said it acquired four new U.S.-origin helicopters through fronts. Iran’s Helicopters Co. displayed the R-44 helicopters, designed for security and […]

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Former U.S. officials in letter to Obama hit ‘patently false’ new charges against Pollard

Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Four months after its release offer, the United States has renewed charges against former naval analyst Jonathan Pollard. A parole commission asserted that Pollard, convicted to life in prison for relaying classified information to Israel, […]

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Syrian rebels buy time, renew fight in Aleppo

Some residents have been unable to leave uninhabitable buildings in Aleppo. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Sunni rebels have resumed their offensive around the largest city in Syria. Opposition sources said Saudi-backed Islamic rebels launched major operations to disrupt Syrian military attacks around Aleppo. They said the campaign was led by […]

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Boeing to press Obama administration on Iran for license extensions, additional sales

Iran could buy additional equipment from Boeing if sanctions are lifted. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Boeing plans to obtain U.S. permission to sell additional aerospace equipment to Iran. Executives said the U.S. defense major would return to the administration of President Barack Obama for licenses to sustain initial sales […]

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Energy firm plans expansion of Israel’s Tamar gas field, with pipeline to Egypt

The Tamar offshore gas field. / Albatross

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s offshore Tamar natural gas field could undergo an upgrade to increase capacity and build a new pipeline. The gas field has been prepared for an upgrade of up to $2 billion by Spain’s […]

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U.S. stations general in Israel to coordinate defense assistance in future war

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson in Israel.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The United States has deployed a senior commander to help Israel in any future war. The Defense Department has sent a general to command a unit meant to facilitate joint defense missions with Israel. […]

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U.S. urges Iraq to make use of the military aircraft it bought

An Iraqi C-130J.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has urged Iraq to use its new military aircraft in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Washington was pressing the Iraq Air Force to begin using its […]

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ISIL receives planeloads of arms at northern Iraq airport

Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers. Hakim Zalmi, chairman of parliament’s Defense and […]

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Brain drain: Ousted defense firm executive says researchers fleeing Erdogan’s Turkey

Hasan Palaz.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Researchers at Turkey’s leading defense institute are leaving the country amid government pressure. Scientists at the state-owned Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey said they were resigning following directives by the pro-Islamist government of […]

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Iraq losing billions in oil exports after ISIL captured pipeline

Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has been losing billions of dollars because of a halt in crude oil exports. The Oil Ministry said Baghdad was losing $1.2 billion per month, or 27 percent of projected revenues, amid the suspension […]

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