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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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Intel: Hizbullah built arsenal of 5,000 long-range rockets from Iran

Fatah-110 rocket.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s intelligence community has determined that the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah built a huge long-range rocket arsenal. The intelligence community has assessed that Hizbullah was focusing on the procurement of rockets with a range of […]

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Iran-backed Islamic Jihad building new Gaza tunnels ‘for the next battle’

Islamic Jihad takes an Al-Jazeera reporter on a tour of one of its new tunnels.

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has begun digging tunnels in the aftermath of the war with Israel. Jihad’s military wing said it was constructing an unspecified number of tunnels in the Gaza Strip. The Al […]

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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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U.S. finds Iran still secretly acquiring dual use WMD components

Iranian medium range missile on parade in Teheran.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Iran, despite an international agreement, continues to secretly procure components for its missile and nuclear programs. The administration of President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Iranians and […]

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Report: Iran opted for talks with West due to worsening economy

By 2013, Iran underwent inflation that reached 85 percent and threatened its ability to pay for vital imports.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Iran’s leadership has been influenced by the deteriorating economy, a report said. The Alliance Center for Iranian Studies asserted that the Iranian leadership approved a nuclear pact with P5+1 in November 2013 because […]

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Iran says Israeli drone it downed was headed to Natanz nuclear site

Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran said it shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle on its way to the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said the intercepted Israeli UAV was a radar-evading, stealth platform […]

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Iran showcases new missiles, reconnaissance drones

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President, shows president Hassan Rowhani, center, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan, second right, visiting Iran's defense capabilities exhibition on Aug. 24 in Teheran.   /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has displayed what it termed were new missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Iranian Defense Ministry has presented two missiles and two UAVs in a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rowhani. Both UAVs displayed […]

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Iran — not the West — is first to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds in war against ISIL

Iraqi Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani, right, meets hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif on Aug. 26.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran has become the first country to supply weapons to the Kurdish Regional Government. Officials said Iran marked the first country that provided arms and military equipment to KRG. They said the supply marked a […]

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Iran sends 81st division, tanks, helicopters into northern Iraq

Kurdish sources say this photos shows elements of Iran's 81st Division in Khaneghein, northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has deployed combat units in Iraq. Iraqi Kurdish sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has sent thousands of soldiers to northern Iraq to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The sources […]

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