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After early support for ISIL, Turkey now finds itself focusing on homeland security

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey,  on Sept. 8. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey, faced with insurgency infiltration from at least three neighbors, has sought to invest in homeland security. Officials said President Recep Erdogan has approved plans to expand procurement of systems that would protect critical facilities in […]

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Israel plans high tech fence along Jordan border to degrade ISIL infiltration

Israeli guards near the Allenby Bridge across the Jordan River.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has prioritized a project to build a high tech barrier along the border with Jordan. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking resources to complete a barrier of some 400 […]

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The U.S. ‘pivot’ (‘pendulum’?) from the Mideast to Asia and now back

Economist

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — The debate is so familiar. Should the United States plunge into a war in a region about which all too little is really understood? President Obama, having foresworn war, now is edging into a […]

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Hamas announcement confirm renewed tunnel operations against Israel

Hamas tunnels

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Less than a month after its 50-day war, Hamas acknowledged renewed tunnel operations against Israel. Hamas said it oversaw attack tunnel operations in the Gaza Strip. On Sept. 18, Hamas reported the death of […]

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New York man charged for plotting to aid ISIL, target U.S. forces

Mufid Elfgeeh

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old man on charges of attempting to aid Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. A grand jury in Rochester, N.Y. returned a seven-count indictment against Mufid Elfgeeh on […]

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Egypt gets ‘appropriate’ price for 65 percent of its fuel from UAE

UAE tanker

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has signed an agreement that makes it dependent on fuel from the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has been deemed a leading ally of Egypt and over the last year relayed more than $5 […]

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Return of the contractors: Pentagon eyes private sector to back Iraq Army

U.S. contractors in Iraq in 2008.  /Gervasio Sanchez/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, nearly three years after its withdrawal, has turned to private military contractors to help the Iraq Army. The U.S. Army has launched a search for contractors that could support military operations in […]

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Kurdish forces say they killed ISIL military commander near Mosul

Kurdish fighters in Iraq.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Kurdistan has claimed the killing of the military commander of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said the Kurdish Regional Government confirmed the death of ISIL military chief Abu Abdullah in heavy fighting […]

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Warring U.S. missile defense advocacy groups differ on Iron Dome’s effectiveness

Israel's Iron Dome air-defense system fires to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashdod on July 8, 2014.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A leading U.S. industry group has touted Israel’s Iron Dome missile and rocket defense system. The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance countered assertions by U.S. scientists that Iron Dome failed in the 50-day war against Hamas. […]

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Obama plans for expanded war against ISIL called ‘geopolitical whack-a-mole’

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been preparing to expand its military role in Iraq and Syria. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has drafted plans for combat operations in both Iraq and Syria as […]

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