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Kurdistan completes border trench to stop Al Qaida infiltration from Syria

3-meter-wide trench is to stretch along 17 kilometers of the Iraq-Syria border.  /AFP/Safin Hamed

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan has sought to seal its border with Syria. The Kurdistan Regional Government has completed a barrier meant to block infiltration of Al Qaida from Syria. The barrier spans 17 kilometers and consists of a huge trench that blocks foreigners. “This is part of Iraqi government [...]

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U.S. advisers train Iraqi special forces to counter spreading Sunni offensive

U.S. Apache helicopters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been training Iraqi special operations forces to quell the Sunni revolt. Officials said U.S. advisers were training and mentoring Iraqi SOF units in the war in Anbar. The officials said the advisers were training the Iraqis in urban warfare, counter-insurgency techniques, bomb detection and coordinated helicopter [...]

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Al Qaida recruiting Sunnis, targeting Iraqi politicians, police in northern Diyala province

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Al Qaida has increased operations in a northern Iraqi province. Security sources said Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant expanded its presence in the Diyala province. The sources said ISIL was targeting Iraqi officials, politicians, and police in the northern Sunni-dominated province. “ISIL has moved from Anbar [...]

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Iraq’s Al Qaida plans major assaults in Baghdad to disrupt April 30 elections

Iraqi soldiers monitor a checkpoint East of Baghdad on Friday. Iraqi forces backed by tanks battled militants in Anbar, where fighting has displaced thousands and sparked warnings of rights abuses and fears the crisis could take weeks to resolve. /Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Al Qaida has moved military operations to Iraq’s capital ahead of parliamentary elections. Officials said Al Qaida in Iraq was targeting military bases and critical facilities in an attempt to torpedo elections on April 30. They said Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was recruiting fighters from [...]

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U.S. sends in team with Apache attack helicopters to help Iraq against Sunni onslaught

AH-64 Apache

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States plans to send advanced attack helicopters to help Iraq quell the Sunni revolt. The administration of President Barack Obama has approved the lease of six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters for the Iraqi military. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the project included training for Iraqi pilots in [...]

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Al Qaida’s Iraq branch has presence in several Turkish cities

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Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — A leading Al Qaida militia has established an operational presence in Turkey.   Officials said Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has maintained a presence in several Turkish cities. They said ISIL appeared to be most concentrated in the Syrian refugee camps in southeastern Turkey as well as [...]

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U.S. approves contract to maintain Iraq’s C-130J fleet

The U.S. C-130J

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has awarded a $24 million contract to support Iraq’s new C-130J air transport fleet. Under the award, Lockheed Martin would provide training and technology to help the Iraq Air Force maintain the aircraft. “This award is a sole-source award and is 100 percent foreign military sales for [...]

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U.S. to spend $623 million to protect Americans assisting Iraqis with Apache copters

AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved a program to enhance security of U.S. personnel in Iraq. Officials said the Defense Department was overseeing plans to protect U.S. military trainers and other personnel to Iraq. The officials said hundreds of Americans would be sent to Iraq to help its [...]

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U.S. rushes guns, missiles, 11 million rounds of ammo to Iraq

The U.S. recently delivered 100 Hellfire missiles to Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — The United States has reported accelerated arms deliveries to Iraq. The U.S. embassy said Washington was speeding up weapons and ammunition shipments to Iraq amid the Sunni revolt in the Anbar province. The embassy cited the export of thousands of light weapons. “Since mid-January, more than 11 million rounds of [...]

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Interpol: Foreign fighters flowing into Iraq ‘from across the globe’ to join Al Qaida revolt

Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has been attracting foreign fighters for the Sunni revolt. Officials said Western and other nationals were flowing into Iraq to join the Al Qaida-led Sunni revolt in Iraq. The officials cited recruitment by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has seized large areas of Iraq’s [...]

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