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ISIL advances on Baghdad airport, fires at civilian airliners

Baghdad International Airport.

Special to BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, stuck on the ground in much of the north, has begun firing at civilian aircraft around the Iraqi capital. Iraqi sources said ISIL fighters were firing at civilian aircraft […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’


Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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ISIL looks to Afghanistan but faces resistance from the Taliban, Pakistan, China

ISIL forces in Syria.

Special to By Brian M Downing The Islamist State of Iraq and Levant is seeking to capitalize on its summer offensives in Syria and Iraq by establishing itself as the leader of Islamist militancy – this, at the expense […]

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Kurds advance, launch rocket attacks against ISIL in Mosul

The rocket attacks "struck great fear into the hearts of the terrorists," the Kurdistan Democratic Party said.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraqi Kurdish forces have reported significant progress in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Kurdish Regional Government said security forces were moving toward ISIL headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of […]

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Israeli air-to-ground missiles kills top Hizbullah commander in Syria’s Golan Heights

Jihad Mughniyeh, seen in 2008.

Special to NICOSIA — The Israel Air Force has killed a top Hizbullah commander. The air force was said to have fired air-to-ground missiles that killed Jihad Mughniyeh on Jan. 18 near the village of Mizrat Al Amal. Mughniyeh […]

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Morocco dismantles 2nd ISIL cell in wave of 1,200 returnees from Iraq, Syria

The ministry said the cell consisted of eight operatives, including released security prisoners.

Special to CAIRO — Morocco has reported the dismantling of another cell of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Interior Ministry said an ISIL recruiting cell was captured by security forces. The ministry said the cell, which sought […]

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ISIL suicide attacks target top Iran commanders in Iraq

Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani

Special to TEL AVIV — Iran’s chief for Iraq has said to have been seriously injured in an attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Iraqi sources asserted that a commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was […]

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Europol assesses continental threat from 5,000 returning jihad fighters

Europol director Rob Wainwright: "It is certainly the most serious terrorist threat Europe has faced since 9/11."

Special to LONDON — The European Union has determined that 5,000 nationals have been transformed into jihad fighters linked to Al Qaida and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The EU police force, Eupol, assessed that as many as […]

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If Al Qaida and ISIL have made peace, Obama must announce they are at war with West


Special to By Fred Fleitz The attacks in Paris are more serious than the Obama Administration will say. Some experts interpreted initial reports that the attacks last week by jihadi gunmen in Paris were conducted on behalf of Al […]

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Meanwhile in Iraq: Test looms for superior but outnumbered ISIL forces at Sinjar


Special to By Brian M Downing Islamist State of Iraq and Levant forces have been blunted since their offensive into Iraq last summer. ISIL troops enjoy a considerable qualitative edge over the various Iraqi forces arrayed in front of […]

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