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U.S. sends more troops, pledges $25 million in military aid to Baghdad, Kurds

Defense Department spokesman John Kirby.  /DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has pledged a more aggressive military deployment in Iraq. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has approved a more than 50 percent increase in the number of U.S. troops in […]

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ISIL hit U.S. F-15 with anti-aircaft batteries captured from Iraq

ISIL fighters on top of a captured military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria.  /Raqqa Media Center/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been operating anti-aircraft batteries stolen from the Iraqi military. Officials said the U.S. military has determined that ISIL deployed an unspecified number of anti-aircraft artillery to counter Western […]

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Despite ISIL advance, U.S. still weighs F-16 commitment to Iraq

"The question being explored is whether there are other facilities that can house the aircraft at least temporarily," a U.S. official said.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama is still planning delivery of the first F-16 multi-role fighters to Iraq. Officials said after months of delay the Defense Department and other agencies were examining the feasibility […]

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ISIL’s conquests make it a magnet for foreign jihadists, from China to Russia

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has succeeded in recruiting thousands of fighters over the last two months. The Syrian opposition asserted that ISIL has nearly doubled its foreign fighters contingent since the capture […]

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Obama order new aid, more troops to Iraq for fight against ISIL

A US State Department helicopter flies over Baghdad on Sept. 10.  /AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — On the day of his major policy address on the new terrorism crisis, President Barack Obama directed the State Department to transfer $25 million in military aid to Iraq to fight Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Pentagon: ‘ISIL realizes’ that against U.S. airpower, odds for survival are ‘nil’

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has refrained from targeting the commanders of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but the Pentagon said air strikes against ISIL have been effective. Officials said the U.S. military has not […]

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More U.S. troops headed for Iraq in Obama’s third force expansion since June

U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, concerned over Islamic State of Iraq and Levant infiltration, has bolstered force protection in Iraq. Officials said the military, supported by President Barack Obama, has requested additional forces to protect the U.S. […]

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Iraq gets Russia’s Mi-28 advanced helicopter for operations against ISIL

Mi-28 Night Hunter

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has acquired an advanced Russian attack helicopter. The Defense Ministry said the Iraq Army has accepted delivery of the Russian-origin Mi-28 helicopter. The ministry said the Mi-28 would be deployed against Islamic State of […]

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Germany to send armored vehicles, assault rifles to Kurdish forces

G-36 assault rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has announced arms shipments to the Kurdish Regional Government. The Berlin government has agreed to send a range of weapons and munitions to KRG forces in northern Iraq. The German Defense Ministry said the […]

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Pentagon confirms ISIL captured tanks, building ‘faster’ military force

ISIL fighters drive tanks through Raqqa, Syria.  /Twitter

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an armored force. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community detected a presence of U.S. and Russian-origin armored vehicle platforms at […]

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