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President Obama seen curtailing support for Israel after midterm elections

Goldberg wrote that 'relations between Israel and the United States were moving toward a "full-blown crisis.' / Atlantic

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was said to be preparing to end diplomatic support for Israel by 2015, according to a leading U.S. journalist. The journalist, who enjoys close ties to the White House, said the United […]

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Lockheed Martin launches production F-35A jet fighters at reduced costs

CF-3 Flt 4 Endurance flight

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has begun producing the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter for several nations, including Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan and Norway. The Defense Department has reached agreement with L-M to launch low-rate initial production of […]

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Qatar emerging as top client for U.S. advanced military platforms despite radical ties

Qatar ordered 10 PAC-3 ballistic missile defense batteries

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Qatar became the leading U.S. defense client in 2014. Significantly, among the Gulf Arab states, Qatar has the closest ties with Iran, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials said Qatar ordered a third of U.S. […]

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Turkey exercises gear up for possible action in Syria

Turkish fighter jets took part in the exercises attended by Gen. Akun Ozturk. / HurriyetDailyNews.com

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has been exercising to conduct military operations in Syria. On Oct. 21, the Turkish Air Force conducted an exercise meant to monitor northern Syria, particularly the Tomb of Suleiman Sah some 40 kilometers from […]

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Concerned about rising energy consumption, Saudis bet billions on solar

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has been urged to invest in solar energy. A senior official said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom must develop solar power to halt the depletion of hydrocarbon reserves. The official, Hamed Al […]

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Victorious Iran-backed rebels demand control of U.S.-trained Yemen army

Al Houthi  rebel in Sanaa, Yemen. / Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have issued a new demand — control over the Yemeni military. The latest demand was issued as Al Houthi expanded their control over the capital Sanaa as well as provinces in northern […]

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Egyptian intelligence links Hamas to major Sinai attack

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, far left, and other officials follow a soldier carrying medals of troops killed in Friday's attack in the Sinai Peninsula. / AP / MENA)

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has again linked Hamas to the revolt in the Sinai Peninsula. Officials said the Egyptian intelligence agency has determined that Hamas was either aiding or allowing Palestinian fighters to join the revolt in Sinai. […]

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Report: Competition for Qatari funds breeds ‘greater levels of violence’ in Jerusalem

Israeli police at scene of car attack in Jerusalem on Oct. 22. / Abir Sultan / EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Rival Palestinian movements have been competing for funds from Qatar, a report said. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that Fatah and Hamas were vying for support from Qatar. In a report, the center […]

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Report: Russia, Iran running joint war room in Iraq against ISIL

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft. /  Vyacheslav / AFP via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran and Russia were said to have been operating a war room in Iraq to block Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Lebanese daily Al Mustaqbal reported that Iran and Russia were operating a […]

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Centcom: Iraq Army 18 months away from regaining lost territory

U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III at a media briefing at the Pentagon on Oct. 17. / Adrian Cadiz / Defense Department

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that the Iraqi military would require more than a year to regain offensive capability. Officials said the U.S. military’s Central Command concluded that the Iraq Army was moving slowly toward […]

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