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Fugitives: Turkey sent ISIL insurgents to Marseille while French police waited at Paris airport

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The French interior minister held talks here after Turkey sent three insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and then Levant to Marseille rather than Paris allowing them to escape. NATO has expressed increasing concern […]

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‘Not our war’: Growing consensus in Jordan opposes fighting ISIL

Senators and deputies attend a joint Parliament session in Amman.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com AMMAN — Jordan has come under increasing domestic pressure not to join the U.S.-led war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Islamic opposition as well as parliamentarians have lobbied against the participation of Jordan […]

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Israel owes contractors, bought Iron Dome ‘on credit’

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel owes nearly $1 billion to its defense industry. Officials said the Defense Ministry owes $810 million to Israeli defense contractors. The officials said the debt was largely to the top three defense firms […]

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Obama OKs resupply to Israel of Hellfire missiles halted during war

Hellfire missiles.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The United States, in wake of a cutoff during the war with Hamas, has renewed the supply of missiles to Israel. Israeli sources said the administration of President Barack Obama approved the renewal of […]

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Lebanon Army captures hundreds of suspected ISIL fighters in Bekaa Valley refugee camp

Lebanese troops near the Syrian border on Aug. 28. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Lebanese Army has battled Islamic State of Iraq and Levant in what resulted in scores of casualties and injuries in the Bekaa Valley. Officials said at least 40 Islamic fighters and Lebanese soldiers were […]

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Putin exploits tense U.S.-Egypt ties with $3.5 billion weapons deal

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com With its recently-announced $3.5 billion deal to buy weapons from Russia, Cairo has undoubtedly undermined the U.S. Middle East policy and strategy. Though the agreement is preliminary, it is expected to face no […]

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Peace now? UAE orders $2.5 billion worth of armored vehicles from U.S.

U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has requested a huge amount of advanced armored personnel carriers from the United States as security threats in the Gulf region intensify with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Report: Turkey’s Erdogan has stifled all criticism in media, military andjudiciary

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /AP/Burhan Ozbilici

Special to WorldTribune.com from WASHINGTON — Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has silenced critics, a report said. Human Rights Watch said Erdogan has led a government campaign to crack down on critics and protesters. In a 38-page report, the […]

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U.S. delivers vans and pickups to only Lebanese force not controlled by Hizbullah

Lebanese Internal Security Forces stand guard in front of vehicles donated from the United States.

Special to WorldTribune.com from NICOSIA — The United States has delivered another shipment for Lebanon’s security forces. The United States oversaw the delivery of 38 vehicles for Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces. The vehicles, valued at $1.6 million, were meant to […]

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Jordan concludes it would save on energy through deal with Israel

Israel's Tamar offshore field.

Special to WorldTribune.com from AMMAN — Jordan has disclosed plans to purchase natural gas from Israel. The government said Jordan would procure up to 300 million cubic feet per day of gas from Israel’s offshore fields. The gas, purchased from […]

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