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Report: ISIL forming air force with captured fighter jets, choppers

Iraq MiG-21s.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian opposition has asserted that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant formed an air combat fleet. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIL captured fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft from Iraq and Syria […]

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Amnesty charges Baghdad allowing war crimes with Iran-backed revenge attacks on Sunnis

Iran-back Mahdi Army on parade.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias have been attacking the Sunni community in Iraq, a report said. Amnesty International said Shi’ite militias supported by Iran and the Baghdad government were abducting and killing Sunni civilians in 2014. Amnesty said […]

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ISIL’s stealth plotting against top Shi’ite militia ‘planned for months’

Mahdi fighters in military parade on the streets of Baghdad.  / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted Iraq’s leading Shi’ite militia. Officials said ISIL has begun a campaign against the Mahdi Army, deemed the largest Shi’ite militia in Iraq. They said ISIL squads […]

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Israel to reduce arms production in U.S. after Obama’s weapons suspension during Gaza War

U.S. Navy aviation ordnancemen with a Hellfire missile. / U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott A. Raegen

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to reduce military coproduction with the United States. A leading Israeli analyst asserted that the Defense Ministry and the military agreed to reduce production of Israeli weapons […]

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Egypt crackdown delivers ‘devastating blow’ to Ansar, Brotherhood networks

Egypt security forces struck in six provinces in the biggest operation this year.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has reported a crackdown on the Islamic insurgency network. The Interior Ministry said security forces raided suspected insurgency strongholds throughout northern Egypt. The ministry said 52 alleged operatives from eight cells were rounded up in […]

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Kurds blame Erdogan for tolerating ISIL presence in S. Turkey

Kurdish protesters gathered in front of a hospital to which Bagdu was rushed after being shot on Oct. 14. / DHA Photo

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was believed to have established an operational presence in southern Turkey. Kurdish sources said ISIL was operating in southern Turkey against refugees from Syria. They said ISIL squads were […]

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UN peace-keeping force in Syria’s Golan Heights has essentially vanished

U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) vehicles leaving Golan Heights for Israel on Aug. 28. / Ronen Zvulun /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Nations has acknowledged that little was left of its peace-keeping mission on Syria’s Golan Heights. Diplomats said attacks by Sunni rebels forced virtually all of the UN Disengagement Observer Force to abandon their […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Most Palestinian journalists censor themselves

Palestinian journalists staged a protest on Oct. 19 at restrictions on press freedom.

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The lion’s share of Palestinian journalists, fearing official retaliation, routinely censor themselves, a report said. The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms asserted that more than 80 percent of Palestinian journalists practiced self-censorship in […]

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‘Let the private sector’ defeat ISIL: Former Blackwater head hits ‘half-hearted Obama effort

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, reluctant to send troops, has been urged to use private military contractors to battle Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading private military contractor during the U.S. occupation of Iraq asserted […]

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