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U.S., Turkey in talks on ISIL-free border zone; NATO convenes emergency meeting

Turkish soldiers near the Turkish-Syrian border town Reyhanli. / Osman Orsal / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkey and the United States have been discussing plans to try to rout Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants from Syrian territory along the Turkish border, creating a safe haven […]

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ISIL, Inc.: Souvenir shop in Mosul sells beheading gear, flags and t-shirts

ISIL souvenir shop in Mosul.  /Islamic Social Media

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has expanded its business empire. Visitors to Mosul can now purchase trinkets of terrorism at ISIL’s new souvenir shop. Photos taken from Arabic social media sites on July 26 revealed […]

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Iran’s Zarif conducts 1-day whistle stop tour of rattled Gulf states

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on a one-day, three-country Mideast tour on July 26 to defend a nuclear deal that many Arab countries are vehemently opposed to. Zarif’s charm offensive in the Gulf included stops […]

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ISIL’s and Iran’s expanded power loom as legacy of Obama’s military exit from Iraq

JanKubis

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called ISIL, Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases of its modern history,” said Jan Kubis, the UN’s […]

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Iraq hell: ISIL surge has led to humanitarian catastrophe

Iraqis cross the Syrian-Iraqi border over the Tigris River. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The United Nations envoy for Iraq warned that a lack of funds for desperately needed humanitarian aid has already cut food rations and may be forcing Iraqis to look to the […]

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Exiting Army chief: U.S. could have stopped ISIL ‘if we stayed in Iraq longer’

Gen. Ray Odierno.  /U.S. Army photo

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States might have prevented the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) “if we had stayed a little bit more engaged,” Gen. Ray Odierno said. Odierno, 60, chief of staff for the U.S. […]

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Heart of the terrorist: ISIL broadens appeal of its social media propaganda

Chechen ISIL commander Abu Umar Grozny holds a child in a social-media posts.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Joanna Paraszczuk, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty “I love my mom very much…. When I start to think about my mother, my God, it’s as if my heart is breaking.” These words are from the […]

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Why did the chicken cross the road? Signs of ISIL desperation as its supply lines are cut

ISIL chicken bomb.  /Daily Star

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), having had supply lines cut by Kurdish forces in Syria as well as forces in Iraq, is now resorting to strapping explosives to chickens, reports say. Iraqi officials reported on […]

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Reports: ISIL using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq

ISIL is said to have used chemical agents in munitions on at least three occasions.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is reportedly using chemical agents in bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against Kurdish forces and civilians in Syria and Iraq. Two U.K.-based groups, Conflict Armament Research (CAR) and Sahan […]

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First shipment of U.S. F-16s arrives in Iraq after lengthy delay

A US F-16 at Balad Air Base. / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Iraqi government said in a statement that Iraq received a first batch of F-16 fighter jets from the United States on July 13. Four warplanes landed in Iraq at the […]

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